(CNN) The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush’s plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The 357-72 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public broadcasting. The outcome was never in doubt, unlike a fight two years ago when Republicans tried but failed to slash public broadcasting subsidies. The move to kill subsidies for the CPB, which make up about 15 percent of its budget, was launched by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado. “Taxpayers are being asked to pay more in taxes because Congress is not willing to make hard choices and balance our spending with our income,” Lamborn said.
Mystech: The White House voiced its disappointment at Congress’s insistence in providing a shelter for terrorism in the form of public broadcasting, while denying government contractors like Halliburton the funds they desperately need to foster democracy and defend US values in the Middle East.