The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is pleased to announce that the final bill that passed out of the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Appropriations committee provides level funding for all three of public broadcasting’s programs -- the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) two-year advance, Ready To Learn and CPB Digital -- and maintained the two-year advance mechanism for the CPB main account.
The ability to maintain level funding in this difficult environment is a huge win and credit to all of the work that stations like witf and community supporters like you have provided during this appropriations process.
Here are the highlights of the bill:
$3 Million in Funding Secured for the Rural Digital Program in FY 2012
APTS is also pleased to report that the Senate Appropriations Committee has included $3 million in funding for the Rural Digital Program for FY 2012 in the Senate Agriculture, Rural Development and Food and Drug Administration (Agriculture) Appropriations bill. The Rural Digital program ensures that rural America is not left behind by the digital transition by providing targeted assistance to rural public television stations.
While funding for the Rural Digital program was cut by $1.5 million from the FY 2011 funding level, the continued existence of this program is a victory for public broadcasting and rural stations.
As you may know, the House has passed an Agriculture Appropriations bill that does not include funding for the Rural Digital Program.
Next Steps for Funding Bills
The next steps in the appropriations process remain unclear. APTS expects that the majority of the appropriations bills will not be voted on as stand-alone bills and the House and Senate will negotiate the bills within an omnibus appropriations package providing funding for many government agencies.
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