APTS Statement on Senate Appropriations Committee Support for Public Broadcasting Funding

WASHINGTON – July 11, 2013 – The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) today commends the Senate Appropriations Committee.

APTS president and CEO Patrick Butler issued the following statement:

“The Association of Public Television Stations is very grateful to the Senate Appropriations Committee for approving level funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ready To Learn program as part of its Labor-Health & Human Services–Education appropriations bill.

“Public television’s mission of education, public safety and citizenship cannot be pursued without this federal investment, and we appreciate the Committee’s vote of confidence in our work.

“While the committee vote reflected broad political differences on the overall content of a very large and complex bill, we believe bipartisan support for a federal investment in public broadcasting is growing in the Senate, and we look forward to working with all Senators to sustain our essential public service mission.”

About APTS
The Association of Public Television Stations (APTS) is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1979. The mission of APTS is to conduct – in concert with member stations – advocacy, planning, research and communications activities in order to achieve strong and financially sound noncommercial television and advanced digital services for the American people. APTS provides consistent leadership and information that helps our members better accomplish their own missions and goals. Through its affiliate APTS Action, APTS promotes the legislative and regulatory interests of noncommercial television stations at the national level through direct advocacy, and grasstops and grassroots campaigns designed to garner congressional support. For more information, visit www.apts.org.