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Senate Appropriations Approves $445 Million for CPB

Both Democrats and Republicans supported giving the organization full funding

The Senate Appropriations Committee this week approved full funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting — $445 million — for fiscal year 2019.

CPB, which hands out government funding to noncommercial TV and radio stations, is forward-funded to try to depoliticize the process, although that has not always worked.

The Department of Education also got $25.7 million for its Ready to Learn early learning programming in FY2017.

While in the past, Republicans, and even some Democrats, have balked at the funding and pushed for cuts for the past couple of funding cycles, there has been support from both sides for full funding.

The committee also approved an additional $50 million for FY2017 for public broadcasting’s ongoing interconnection efforts.

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