House Committee Approves Increased Public Media Funding

By Cait Beroza |

On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee recommended increased federal funding for public media as part of their Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor-HHS-ED) appropriations bill.

Labor-HHS-ED Bill Results

Thanks to everyone who contacted their lawmakers in support of federal funding for public media this year. You helped affect the outcome for FY 2020 House Labor-HHS-Ed spending bill, which includes:

  • Full funding for Interconnection, the backbone of the public media system that allows your stations to broadcast programming and support emergency communications.
  • Increased funding for Ready To Learn, which supports the creation of rigorously researched and effective early educational content for children and associated community outreach.

The House Appropriations Committee’s support of public media funding is a significant victory and the culmination of your ongoing outreach to your lawmakers.

What happens next with the House Labor-HHS-ED bill?

Next, the full House of Representatives will debate and vote on the Labor-HHS-ED spending bill. Sometimes, the Labor-HHS-ED bill is combined with other spending bills.

At this time, we don’t know when the House of Representatives is expected to take up the bill.

When the bill is considered, we will need every public media advocate to contact their lawmakers in support of public media funding. During the floor proceedings, Members of Congress can offer amendments to cut funding for specific programs, so your outreach will be needed to ensure federal funding for public media is in the final bill.

What’s going on with the Senate version of the bill?

The Senate Labor-HHS-Ed Appropriations Subcommittee is still assembling their version of the spending bill.

If you’re represented by a Senator serving on the Subcommittee, we will let you know when they are ready to consider the legislation and how you can support the strongest possible result for public media funding.

While we advanced funding in the House, there are still a few more critical steps before the funding is finalized.

Over the next few months, we’ll be fighting to keep full funding in the final House bill and ensure robust funding is in the Senate draft bill.

You progressed robust public media funding in the House of Representatives.

Please continue on our journey to secure federal funding for public media by signing up for our updates. We will let you know when and how to act to protect the local stations and programs you love.