House Appropriators target NPR in latest spending bill

170 Million Americans for Public BroadcastingThe draft for the House Appropriations Committee’s fiscal 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services bill, introduced Thursday (Sept. 29) by the subcommittee chairman Denny Rehburg (R-Mont.), would prohibit the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from funding NPR, and requests a report from CPB on how to remove NPR from federal funding by 2014.

CPB receives the expected $445 million in funding over the upcoming year. In all, the bill proposes a 2.5 percent reduction in total discretionary funding over 2011, and 15.2 percent less than President Barack Obama’s budget request. Details from the committee available here.

In our most recent fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, St. Louis Public Radio received $363,117–around 7% of our cash budget–from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The majority of these funds are spent on supporting our local programming efforts at the station.

If you would like to learn more about the issues of federal funding for public broadcasting, visit the 170 Million Americans web site.

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About Tim Eby

General Manager of St. Louis Public Radio.

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