Trump Violates Own Budeget Blueprint, Funds PBS Past 2018 Election
CNSNews.com — The spending bill that the Republican-controlled Congress is preparing to send to President Donald Trump by the end of the week—ostensibly to keep the government funded through the end of fiscal 2017—guarantees federal funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting through the end of fiscal 2019.
By contrast, President Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget blueprint calls for Congress to “eliminate” federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
CPB President Patricia Harrison told a congressional hearing in March that CPB needs to keep what she calls its “forward funding” to “provide a firewall of independence for our content providers that no matter who was in leadership, no matter what political party.”
Fiscal 2017 ends this Sept. 30. Fiscal 2018 ends on Sept. 30, 2018—about a month before the midterm congressional elections. Fiscal 2019 ends on Sept. 30, 2019—almost a year after the midterm elections, and eight months into the third year of President Trump’s four-year term.
The spending bill Congress is considering now—the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017”—would provide a total of $495 million to CPB. This includes $50 million for upgrading CPB’s “interconnection system,” and $445 million for CPB’s general fund in fiscal 2019.
Previous congresses have already appropriated $445 million each year for CPB’s general fund in fiscal years 2017 and 2018. Keep reading...