We have been carefully watching the budget and appropriations process, and we have an important update.
Congress has adjourned for the month of August. Senate action on public media funding is expected when they return in September.
Timing for Senate Action
With the current fiscal year ending on September 30, 2019, the Senate is likely to act quickly to approve their spending bills when they return to Washington, D.C. during the week of September 9, 2019. Then, they will have to work with the House of Representatives on compromise versions of the spending bills.
Stand Ready for September
While the timing of Senate action is still fluid, it’s critical that we stand ready to voice our support for federal funding for public media.
Earlier this year, we achieved a historic victory in the House of Representatives with the passage of a spending package that increases federal funding for public media.
We must now secure funding in the Senate spending bill and ensure it’s included in the final compromise bill that’s signed into law.
How to Prepare for September
To protect funding, everyone must show their support for public media by contacting their lawmakers in the coming weeks and months.
In addition, we encourage you to:
Increasing our network, following our live updates and showing your support strengthens our effort moving into the expected deciding events of September.
We will let you know when the Senate debate begins and how you can help secure federal funding for your local public radio and television stations.