House votes to defund public television
Advocates say cuts imperil hundreds of stations
By Ted Johnson
Public television advocates said a House of Representatives vote on early Saturday puts in jeopardy the budgets of hundreds of stations and could be a “death sentence” for some in rural areas.
The House’s 235-189 vote on some $60 billion in cuts includes the elimination of funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the rest of this fiscal year. The cuts were part of an appropriations bill needed to fund the government for the next eight months, but the House’s action sets the stage for a showdown in the Senate, and President Obama has threatened a veto…