WASHINGTON — The House Appropriations Committee voted Tuesday to restore $20 million of proposed cuts in federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which provides money to local public television and radio stations.
The Bush administration originally proposed to cut about 37% of the federal funding for public broadcasting, and a subcommittee last week proposed a cut of $115 million, or 23%.
A net cut of $95 million, if passed by the House and the Senate, would go into effect Oct. 1. It would result in the elimination of some educational programming, including "Ready to Learn," a literacy program, and "Ready to Teach," an online resource for teachers, according to a National Public Radio spokesman.
Mike Riksen, NPR's vice president for government relations, said the cuts could also affect the distribution of programming to audiences and could hinder smaller TV and radio stations, particularly their ability to switch to digital programming.