August 4, 1995 - Issue: Vol. 141, No. 129 — Daily Edition104th Congress (1995 - 1996) - 1st Session
PROTECT FUNDING FOR THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING; Congressional Record Vol. 141, No. 129
(Extensions of Remarks - August 04, 1995)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Pages E1634-E1635] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] PROTECT FUNDING FOR THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING ______ HON. MIKE WARD of kentucky in the house of representatives Thursday, August 3, 1995 Mr. WARD. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in strong support of the continued funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and in opposition to the proposed funding cuts in the Labor/HHS/Education Appropriations Act. This legislation provides $240 million for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for fiscal year 1998. This figure represents a $20 million decrease in funding from the 1997 allocation and is $56.4 million below President Clinton's request. Let me put it another way, this is a $20,000 funding cut for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. [[Page E 1635]] The Corporation for Public Broadcasting has already suffered an 11.8 percent cut in the rescissions bill passed earlier by this House. This further reduction proposed by the Labor/HHS/Education appropriations bill will be devastating. One needs only to consider the impact these funding cuts will have upon rural television stations, primarily in areas where access to cable television is extremely limited and where the only educational television and radio programs come from public broadcasting. In Kentucky, the majority of residents rely on public broadcasting for all educational programming, including programs which enable individuals to obtain high school equivalency degrees and attend college courses via television. Public broadcasting also provides invaluable children's programs to help educate children at home as well as in school. I urge my colleagues to consider the impact these funding cuts would have upon those who rely on public broadcasting the most. I urge my colleagues to oppose these cuts and work together to protect the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. ____________________