Making waves since 1983
Federal legislators you can contact to make
the case for community radio funding:
Oregon Congressional Delegation
Senator Jeff Merkley
One World Trade Center, Suite 1400
121 SW Salmon Street
Portland, OR 97204
Senator Ron Wyden
911 NE 11th Avenue, Suite 630
Portland, OR 97232
Representative Suzanne Bonamici
620 SW Main, Suite 606
Portland, OR 97205
Washington Congressional Delegation
Senator Patty Murray
Jackson Federal Building, Suite 2988
915 2nd Avenue
Seattle, WA 98174
Senator Maria Cantwell
915 Second Avenue, Suite 3206
Seattle, WA 98174
Representative Brian Baird
(Baird's term expires Dec. 31. after that
contact Representative Jaime Herrera
Chair of the Senate Committees on Appropriations
(This committee will recommend allocations for
public radio funding)
Senator Tom Harkin
731 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
As conventional (corporate) media has failed much of its duty to inform a democratic
society, public broadcasting, including your Coast Community Radio, has asserted its
power to fill that void.
If the new Congress makes good on its threat, our coverage of their actions will be
Who wins in that scenario will not be those of us who care about a community's access to
more than spin.
Importantly, what Joanne witnessed while attending meetings in Washington, D.C., in
early December is that our representatives do listen to their constituents - we the people.
Notes for further reference:
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By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 7/17/2012 1:37:04 PM
House Subcommittee Proposes Zeroing Out CPB Funding
The Association of Public Television Stations weighed in Tuesday with their "deep
disappointment" over yet another Republican-led effort to defund public broadcasting.
They were reacting to the House Appropriations Subcommittee proposal to cut funding for
the next two years and zero out funding in 2013.
In the bill, which the committee released Tuesday, CPB would lose its advance
appropriations for 2015 --budgeting is always two years ahead to try and insulate it from
politics -- and would have its already-appropriated 2013 budget cut by $111.3 and its 2014
budget cut by essentially double that ($222.5 million) in the interests of "encouraging [the]
CPB to operate exclusively on private funds."
That would be a neat trick, since CPB's sole mission is to distribute the federal funding that
makes up an average 15% of noncom stations budgets -- less for some stations, considerably
more for others. Noncoms handle the private funding end via pledges, grants and
"This proposal flies in the face of the will of the American people, who routinely rank public
broadcasting as one of the best investments the federal government makes and who
overwhelmingly support our work and our public service mission, across the ideological
spectrum," said APTS president Patrick Butler in a statement.
It is not only Republicans who have suggested cutting noncom funding -- the cochairs of the
president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform back in 2010
recommended zeroing out funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as one way to
help save $200 billion. But, ultimately, that recommendation was not endorsed by the full
committee or the president and the Democratic-led Senate Appropriations Committee has
recommended preserving that funding at about current levels -- $445 million.
Butler points out there have already been funding cuts, and that noncoms have never argued
they should be "immune to sacrifice." But he suggests that is different from being sacrificed
in its entirety on the budget-cutting altar. "The House Labor-H proposal to eliminate our
funding entirely would mean the end of public broadcasting in America," he said.