New Budget for CPB

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The House Appropriations Committee approved a tightly drawn budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Part of the budget entails trimming funds now but spending more in 2008.


This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

The long-term outlook for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting brightened last night, but even as the House Appropriations Committee endorsed long-term federal funding for the CPB, it didn't offer any help in the short term. From the Capitol, NPR's Peter Overby explains.

PETER OVERBY reporting:

The vote moved the committee toward a continued commitment to support public broadcasting, but there may be less here than meets the eye. That's because the committee voted to give CPB $400 million in 2008, three years from now. While it overrides a subcommittee vote last week to cut off federal funding in '08, the 400 million doesn't count in the current budget, so it was a painless vote. If the committee had tried to restore the 100 million-plus dollars that the subcommittee cut from next year's CPB budget, it would have had to take the money out of something else; this in a huge spending bill that already eliminates 49 other government programs. They didn't even consider making such a choice. The measure now goes to the House floor and next to the Senate.

Peter Overby, NPR News, the Capitol.

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