CPB Statement on Funding Decisions by the United States House of Representatives
June 19, 2019
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 19, 2019) -- Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), made the following statement.
“Today, the House approved the FY 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriation bill, which supports funding for public media through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
We appreciate the House’s strong funding support, providing $495 million -- a $50 million increase-- for CPB’s FY2022 advance appropriation. The Public Broadcasting Act directs the majority of this increase to the nearly 1,500 locally owned public media stations, allowing them to create additional educational resources, prepare job seekers for in-demand careers, and strengthen local journalism, and expand authentic storytelling, and content-driven engagement.
We are also thankful for the House’s ongoing support of the public broadcasting interconnection system and the $30 million for the Department of Education’s Ready to Learn program, which supports early learning through public media content and on-the-ground engagement.
We look forward to working with Congress throughout the appropriations process to ensure continued funding for a healthy public media system.”
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit cpb.org, follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook and LinkedIn and subscribe for other updates.