Protect My Public Media has renewed its call for public media support after the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved increased funding for public media stations as it approved annual spending bills on Wednesday (7/15). Learn more about the spending bills on the Protect My Public Media blog.
“The Committee’s endorsement of robust public media funding is a critical starting point for securing funding that stations need to carry out their public services. In Michigan that includes a 24 hr Kids Channel and now many K-12 programs to be used by students and teachers to augment one on one teacher interaction. These educator approved programs are from all over the United States on hundreds – even thousands – of subjects. Public Broadcasters have stepped up to help educate America’s Children during (the pandemic),” according to a recent statement from Protect My Public Media.
The full House of Representatives is expected to vote on the bills that passed out of Committee later this month. The Senate Appropriations Committee may begin to debate their versions of the bills that fund public media when they return to Washington, D.C. next week. Once the House and Senate bills are completed, both chambers will negotiate the final spending bills.
You can ensure public media funding is included in the Senate bill by sending a quick email to your lawmakers. Your action will only take a moment, but it could save your local stations.