Federal update for March 16th 2011

The 2nd Continuing Resolution H.J. Res 48

By a vote of 271 to 158, the House cleared H.J. Res. 48, the three-week continuing resolution (CR) that would keep the government funded through April 8. The current CR expires this Friday evening.

The Senate is expected to pass this CR also by the end of this week.

You can read the bill at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hjres48eh/pdf/BILLS-112hjres48eh.pdf

Direct impact of the CR on WSU will be listed next week.

Federal Funding of NPR;

H.R. 1076 was introduced today that will “prohibit federal funding of NPR and the use of federal funding to acquire radio content. WSU’s Murrow College operates Northwest Public Radio a 15-station network. WSU currently receives $486,390 from Community Service Grants.

Major Provisions to H.R. 1076:

Prohibits direct federal funding of National Public Radio.
NPR received over $5 million in direct funding in FY10 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Prohibits stations from using federal funds to pay NPR dues. Current Corporation for Public Broadcasting Guidelines allow public radio stations to use their federal grant funding for the payment of dues to NPR.
Prohibits public radio stations from using federal funds to purchase programming.
The bill permits public radio stations to use non-federal funds for the payment of NPR dues and the acquisition of programming.
Stations can continue to receive federal grants for the production of their own programming.

You can read the bill in its complete form at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/BILLS-112hr1076ih/pdf/BILLS-112hr1076ih.pdf