House Bill 1 Passed This Morning, Eliminates Funding for Public Broadcasting

I received the bad news this morning in my email:

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1 early this morning, which eliminates federal funding for public broadcasting. This is a blow to public radio and television stations across the country and the 170 million Americans who tune in every month.

But we are not giving up.

You have already had a powerful impact in Washington. We heard directly from Members of Congress that the hundreds of thousands of calls and emails in support of public broadcasting have created momentum that may yet save federal funding for this vital public service.

Now the bill heads to the Senate. You will get a message from us in the next few days when it is time, again, to send a clear message to Washington: Funding for public broadcasting is too important to eliminate.

What can you do today? Please reach out to your friends and family and encourage them to sign up at and at over the coming week. This is going to be a marathon and we will need any many supporters as possible to prevail in the end.

THANK YOU for all that you are doing!

Jeff Nelson and Stacey Karp
170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting

I received a reply email from Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio saying that he will support public broadcasting when the bill comes to the Senate. Please let your Senators know that America needs and deserves public broadcasting. The links above to 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting will help you contact your elected officials.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Associate Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.