New Budget for CPB

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.

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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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