The House this week rejected by a large margin President Bush’s plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
CPB, created by Congress to shield public broadcasting from political influence, distributes federal subsidies to PBS, National Public Radio and hundreds of public radio and television stations.
The Associated Press reported that the 357–72 vote demonstrated that the outcome had not been in doubt.
Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado, led the move to eliminate subsidies for the CPB, which make up about 15 percent of its budget.
“Taxpayers are being asked to pay more in taxes because Congress is not willing to make hard choices and balance our spending with our income,” Lamborn told AP.