Letter to House Appropriations Committee regarding Proposed Cuts to Public Broadcasting

June 12, 2006



Letter to House Appropriations Committee regarding Proposed Cuts to Public Broadcasting

The Honorable Jerry Lewis

Chairman, Committee on Appropriations

U.S. House of Representatives

Washington, DC 20515

Dear Chairman Lewis:

Common Cause and its 300,000 members and supporters strongly urge you to reverse the $115 million in cuts to the budget of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting approved by the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health & Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies last week.

The subcommittee action would result in nearly a 25 percent cut in public broadcasting's federal funds, and threatens to eliminate highly acclaimed children's shows such as "Reading Rainbow" and "Sesame Street."

Public broadcasting plays an important role in a media environment dominated by a handful of corporations whose concerns about the bottom line trump their desire to serve the public interest.

In many communities, the local public television station is the only locally owned and operated broadcast outlet. Americans depend on public radio and television for local news and public affairs programming and for quality educational programming for children.

In poll after poll, the American public has viewed public broadcasting as a good investment of public dollars. The Appropriations Committee should do the same and restore these budget cuts.

Sincerely,

Chellie Pingree

President and CEO

Common Cause

cc: Members of the House Committee on Appropriations


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