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New threats to public broadcasting in the Senate – what you can do
March 30, 2011, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Federal funding for Public Broadcasting

Three amendments have been introduced in the U.S. Senate with the goal of eliminating all funding for public broadcasting. These amendments to the Small Business Act Reauthorization (S. 493) were filed by Senator Tom Coburn (OK), Senator Jim DeMint (SC) and Senator Rand Paul (KY) in an attempt to put the Senate’s position on public broadcasting on the record. We cannot allow these amendments to attract support and threaten funding vital to your local public radio and television stations.

Votes on these amendments could occur as early as this week.

In Colorado, please call Sen. Mark Udall (202) 224-5941 and Sen. Michael Bennet (202) 224-5852. In New Mexico, please call Sen. Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 and Sen. Tom Udall (202) 224-6621.

When talking with your Senators or leaving a message with their staff, make these points:

• I understand that S. 493, the Small Business Act Reauthorization, has three amendments filed that would eliminate funding for public broadcasting.
• I urge the Senator to oppose these amendments and any other attempts to eliminate funding for public broadcasting.
• The majority of public broadcasting funding goes to local public radio and television stations. This essential public service is too important to eliminate.

Yours is the most important voice in the debate in Washington about the future of public broadcasting. Thank you for standing up to defend this vital public service.

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