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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Congressional Priorities

The New York Times reports that both houses of Congress approved “a $286.4 billion highway measure stuffed with special projects for virtually every Congressional district in the nation.” However, the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees budget for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting voted to eliminate $100 million from the fiscal year 2006 CPB budget. Surely there was enough pork that could have been cut from the highway bill to free funds for the CPB.

I suppose constituents are more likely to reelect their representatives if federal money comes to their districts, such as $2.2 million to make landscape improvements to the Ronald Reagan freeway in California, than if the CPB is adequately funded. Additionally, Public Broadcasting has allegedly angered Republicans with Public Broadcasting’s leftist (albeit informative, enriching, and educational) programming.


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