Thursday, June 23, 2005

Funding for PBS and NPR

Today, after weeks of answering irate constituent phone calls, the house passed an amendment to H.R. 3010, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006 that put back $100,000,000 of funding for NPR and PBS. All the republicans could talk about during the floor debate was how Big bird was a billionaire. Is that really the point. I had phone calls in Congressman Scott's office from senior citizens who were so outraged about republican action to cut the funding by 45% that they were willing and ready to switch parties. Parents who liked the fact that they could leave their little kids in front of the television and not have to worry about what program was coming on. People from all over the country who rely on NPR and PBS not only for Sesame Street and Reading Rainbow, but for the real "Fair and Balanced" news. The Democrats triumphed and succeeding in saving the source of many of the ducational programs that I watched in school and that I will probably watch after retirement.