House passes GOP budget zeroing CPB funding

By Andrew Lapin

Paul Ryan

Ryan (Photo: Gage Skidmore)

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives today approved a budget that proposes to eliminate federal funding for CPB.

The spending plan, the House GOP’s blueprint for balancing the federal budget by 2024, now goes to the Democratic-controlled Senate, which is widely expected to defeat it.  A budget-cutting provision to defund the Affordable Care Act is among its proposals drawing fire from congressional Democrats.

House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) proposed the budget April 4. At the time, he noted in his budget document that federal subsidies for CPB and the National Endowment for the Humanities could “no longer be justified.”

A dozen Congressional Republicans opposed the bill in addition to 193 Democrats.

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