Last Thursday, March 17th, HR 1076, the bill to prohibit federal funds for NPR and prohibit stations from using federal funds to acquire any radio content passed the House of Representatives 228-192-1. The bill did not receive the support of any Democrats and seven Republicans voted against it. Congressman Young did not vote because he was traveling to a previously scheduled speaking engagement. However, before leaving Washington, he did submit a short statement into the Congressional Record in which he clearly expressed his opposition to the bill and declared his support for public broadcasting. Your phone calls and emails to Congressman Young made a difference.
This House approved prohibition on spending federal dollars on NPR and radio programming now moves over to the Senate for debate and a vote. It is unlikely that this measure will pass in the Senate.
There is still more work to be done, however. The overall future funding question has yet to be settled between the House and Senate.
Senator Murkowski and Senator Begich have both expressed their strong support for continued public broadcasting funding. At some point, however, I may need to call upon you to contact them again to express your opinion on the value of public broadcasting here in Bethel and encourage them to continue their support.
I will continue to update you on the progress of this effort to maintain a level of federal funding for public media in Alaska.
Thanks for your support of KYUK, public media for the Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta.