|Congress Voting to Kill Public Radio
|Extremists in Congress have introduced six bills that would slash all funding for NPR, CPB and other public media.
Now, they're rushing the issue to a vote, trying to pull the plug on the news, arts and educational programming on which more than a hundred million Americans rely. The vote to cut all funding could happen as soon as next week!
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|This is the last push to save federal public media funding!
On Feb. 19, the United States House of Representatives has passed a bill (H.R. 1) which will eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting – including NPR and PBS – where hundreds of AFTRA members are employed nationwide in news entertainment, public affairs, educational and arts programming. The Senate will now consider the bill and it could come to a vote at any moment!
Please help us in this important last push to stop the public media funding cuts. Contact your Senators today to ask them vote NO to defund public media and preserve the funding for public broadcasting.
Here’s how you can help:
1. Click here to write your Senators and tell them to save federal funding for public broadcasting! http://capwiz.com/170ma/issues/alert/?alertid=26970501&type=CO
1. Find your Senators through the following link: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
1. You can call them at 202.224.3121 and ask him or her:
WHAT IS YOUR POSITION ON ‘ZEROING OUT’ THE BUDGET FOR PUBLIC MEDIA? I am a constituent who highly values the programming and services that my local public television and radio stations provide me, my family and my community. I strongly urge you to stand up for public broadcasting and oppose defunding public media. Please vote against the House Continuing Resolution (H.R. 1) to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting.
Federal funding is critical for public broadcasting, allowing local public radio and television stations to provide educational services, in-depth news and public affairs programming, and world-class cultural content. Without the investment of this funding, many public radio and television stations across the country will be forced to go off the air.
The Roper Poll found for seven straight years that Americans’ most-trusted source of news and information, and considered the best use of federal funding after national defense. It offers unique and vital programming that listeners and viewers can’t find anywhere else, including classic and invaluable children’s programming such as “Sesame Street.”
More than 70% of current federal funding for public media goes to support local stations around country. Defunding these stations will strip many Americans – especially those living in rural areas or places hardest hit by the downturn in the economy – of their only source of local news, entertainment and information, and their only access to the public airwaves.
For more information, please visit http://www.170millionamericans.org.
A few brave members of Congress have spoken out against this assault on public media, and sided with the American people. With your help, we can get more members to take a stand: Get the message to Congress:
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| Six bills to defund and kill public media have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and could come to a vote at any moment! The House is currently in session, so we need your help NOW to save to public media.
If passed by Congress, these bills - which are the most draconian assault on publicly funded media we have seen in more than a decade - would slash critical funding for the quality entertainment, news, public affairs, educational and arts programming that public broadcasting provides to more than 170 million Americans on a daily basis.
Public media is a national institution. In many rural and less affluent communities, broadcasters rely on federal funding to provide the only available high-quality news and public affairs programming. For example, more than 70% of current federal funding for public media goes to support local stations around country. Defunding these stations will strip many Americans - especially those living in rural areas or places hardest hit by the downturn in the economy - of their only source of local news, entertainment and information, and their only access to the public airwaves.
Please act NOW to save quality news and programing offered by public media.