House members vow to restore pubcast funds

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WASHINGTON — Two House Democrats and one Republican plan to introduce an amendment today or Friday that would restore $100 million GOP appropriators cut last week from the Corp. for Public Broadcasting’s budget for fiscal year 2006.

Reps. David Obey (D-Wis.), Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) and James Leach (R-Iowa) sent a letter Wednesday to colleagues outlining their intention to get CPB’s full funding restored when the full House takes up the overall Labor, Health & Human Services and Education bill beginning June 30.

Leach is the first Republican to endorse restoring CPB’s cut funding for 2006.

“During floor consideration, we will be offering an amendment to restore the fiscal year 2006 funds for public broadcasting that the (Labor, Health & Human Services and Education) subcommittee rescinded,” the lawmakers wrote. “This funding will be fully offset by shaving administrative accounts in the bill that can afford it so that the additional funding does not add to the deficit.”

CPB’s budget appears near the end of the long bill, thus making it unclear whether the Democrats can introduce their amendment today or if they’ll have to wait until Friday, should the House need two days to consider the entire bill. They warned that if their amendment is not adopted, more than 1,000 local pubcasters will be hurt.

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