President Signed Bill That Fully Funds Public Media
President Trump signed the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 omnibus appropriations bill into law, which provides full funding for public media through September 30, 2018. Specifically, the bill fully funds:
- The Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which directly distributes critical seed funding to local public radio and television stations to support their public service work.
- Ready To Learn, a grant program that enables the creation of public media’s educational content that’s proven to help close the achievement gap.
- Interconnection, which is the infrastructure that allows stations to send you programming and emergency communications.
Thank You for Protecting Public Media
Thank you for helping secure FY 2018 public media funding.
By contacting your lawmakers during the most important moments of the funding process, you helped achieve these results.
In fact, over the entire funding cycle, from March 2017 to now – our network sent 694,605 messages to Congress to protect funding.
Public Media Funding in FY 2019
With FY 2018 funding finished, Congress will soon start its work on FY 2019, and it will be vital to keep up momentum and remind lawmakers that you support public media funding.
Important groundwork has already been laid by advocates who asked lawmakers to sign the public media support letters. Thanks to their outreach, the House of Representatives letter had a record-breaking number and the Senate letter is on its way to attaining similar results.
We are confident that if we continue to raise our voices during key moments in the congressional process that we can secure FY 2019 funding, too.
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