Budget Proposes Defunding PBS, NPR
Headline Roundup February 13th, 2018
President Trump's budget proposal aims to cut all federal funding for PBS, NPR, and the National Endowment for the Arts. It likely faces an uphill battle in Congress after lawmakers rejected a similar proposal last year.
It’s a less than wonderful kind of day for PBS, as President Trump has once again embarked on a quest to gut public-media funding.
The White House released its 2019 budget proposal Monday, which calls for cuts to programs like Medicaid while boosting military spending and designating money for the border wall. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) would be hit especially hard, with President Trump's proposal rescinding "all but $15 million of each [fiscal year] 2019 and FY 2020 funding for public media," CPB president and CEO Patricia Harrison wrote.
The 2019 federal budget that the White House unveiled Monday again proposes cutting all federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funnels money to NPR and PBS -- a potential move that the CPB president quickly slammed.