Senate to Consider Public Media Funding

By Cait Beroza |

UPDATE 9/12/19: Senate Appropriations Postponed

The Senate Appropriations Committee postponed this week’s consideration of the bill that funds public media. Your outreach will still make a difference as this process moves forward. We’ll be back with updates as soon as we know more.

The Senate debate for federal funding for public media is expected to begin as early as September 9, 2019, and your outreach could make a difference.  

Senate Action

The Senate is actively assembling their spending bills, including the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (Labor-HHS-Ed) bill, which provides public media funding.

The Senate Appropriations Committee could consider federal funding for public media as early as next week. Now is the time to speak up in support of your public radio and television stations.

Ask your Senators to include essential public media funding in the Senate’s draft bill.

House Funding Status

The House of Representatives has already approved increased federal funding for public media in a Fiscal Year 2020 spending package, and – with your help – we’re urging the Senate to do the same.

Why Your Action is Important

If the Senate draft bill does not provide essential funding, our work to protect public media becomes much harder.

After the Senate Appropriations Committee makes a recommendation for how much federal funding public media should receive, the Senate must approve the proposed funding and then the House and Senate must compromise on the final amount.

Securing a strong number in the Senate bill is critical to putting public media funding in a strong position for the remainder of the process.

That’s why it’s important that you weigh in now – before decisions are made.

Thank you for taking action to ensure public media’s future. We will share updates as we learn more.

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