CPB Budget Spared In New Federal Spending Bill


All things considered … NPR and PBS can soon breathe a sigh of relief.

Thanks to a bipartisan compromise federal spending agreement announced early Monday (5/1), the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) won’t be seeing any elimination of its budget — not even a penny.

That’s because CPB will be set to get $445 million in fiscal 2017 — the same as in fiscal 2016.

Meanwhile, the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) will see its budget grow to $150 million in fiscal ’17, from $148 million in fiscal ’16.

Ditto for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Associated Press reports.

Members of both the Democratic and Republican parties expressed support for the trio of agencies. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee spoke out in favor of the NEA.

The proposed CPB, NEH and NEA budgets are tied to a $1 trillion-plus spending bill that would keep the Federal government from averting a shutdown through September 2017.

The budget is expected to come up for a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.