Friends of witf and public radio:
A bill being considered in Congress tomorrow (Thursday, 17 March), HR 1076, would defund NPR and prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire ANY radio programming from ANY source.
This legislation prohibits public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire programs such as This American Life, Prairie Home Companion, Morning Edition, Car Talk and All Things Considered and many, many others.
Please call your Member of Congress today and ask him to oppose HR 1076. This radical, disruptive legislation is far-reaching and unfairly punitive to public radio stations and their listeners.
The bill, introduced by Rep. Lamborn (R-CO), interferes in witf’s right to select programming and would endanger 9,000 jobs at local public radio stations in communities across the country. You must call today because the vote is scheduled for this Thursday.
Without so much as a single hearing on the subject, this legislation dismantles a public radio system depended upon by 34 million Americans weekly and in which Americans across the political spectrum place high trust.
These funding restrictions will devastate the public radio economy and local stations’ ability to serve audiences, seek donor support, and produce programs.
Don’t let HR 1076 get between you and witf and the programs you love!
The names and office numbers for the Members of Congress serving the witf region are listed below.
|Robert P. Casey, Jr.||D||393 Russell Senate Office Building||Washington DC, 25015||202/224-6324|
|Pat Toomey||R||3440 Hamilton Blvd||Allentown, PA 18013||202/224-4254|
|PA House of Representatives|
|Bill Shuster||R||9||204 Cannon
|Washington DC, 25015||202/225-2431|
P.O. Box 653
|Williamsport, PA 17703||
|Joseph R. Pitts||R||16||420 Cannon
|Washington DC, 25015||202/225-2411|
|Tim Holden||D||17||2417 Rayburn
|Washington DC, 25015||202/225-5546|
|Todd Russell Platts||R||19||2455 Rayburn
|Washington DC, 25015||202/225-5836|
I respectfully ask for your help.
President and CEO, witf
A New Attack on Public Radio
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