Monday, Feb. 21, 2011
As you may be aware, on Saturday the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1, which, among its cuts to the current year’s budget, eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting.
On behalf of the more than 1 million people who use KET services each week, I want to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to all who contacted members of Congress and made their voices heard on this important issue. Our leaders greatly value the input they receive from their constituents.
H.R. 1 now moves on to the Senate, and debate will continue in the coming days and weeks. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to contact Senator McConnell and Senator Paul (viewers from other states click here), to let them know where you stand on federal funding for public broadcasting.
This elimination of funding will cut the federal deficit by less than 3 ten-thousandths of one percent, but it will dramatically alter KET’s service.
Federal funding for public broadcasting makes possible:
• Early childhood education programs like Sesame Street
• Innovative, efficient, and effective learning resources for students and teachers
• Unique local programs such as Kentucky Life, Comment on Kentucky, and Jubilee
• National programs from PBS, including Nova and Frontline
As Congress continues its debate, we urge you to continue letting your Representatives and Senators know what you think.
Thank you again for your continued support.
KET Executive Director