That’s how much Congress wants to slash from public broadcasting’s budget for next year.Â Cutting that amount will devastate many of public TV’s best children’s programs.
We’ve fought this battle before, and won.Â Last year, Congress threatened to slash public broadcasting’s funding by nearly a quarter.Â But intense public pressure forced them to restore the full original budget.
The budget cuts are aimed directly at PBS’s “Ready to Learn” project, which funds shows like Clifford the Big Red Dog, Sesame Street, Maya & Miguel and Postcards from Buster.Â
Last year, Postcards from Buster, a show about a cartoon bunnyÂ visiting various places in America, was pushed into the gay marriage controversy by Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling.Â She took time out from her second day on the job to fire off a letter to PBS execs expressing outrage over an episode of Buster that featured him visiting a family farm headed by two moms.
If the House and Senate pass the funding cuts, they would go into effect on October 1.Â The result would likely be the elimination of some educational programmingâ€¦ you can bet Buster, Big Bird and Clifford are nervous.Â
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Earlier this week, calls and emails from Common Cause members persuaded the House Appropriations Committee to reduce public broadcasting’s cuts by $20 million.Â Now we need your help for the next step of the fight….the Senate.