Full deficit panel to vote Friday on recommended cuts, which could include CPB

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The final co-chairs’ report of the National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform awaits a full-panel vote Friday (Dec. 3). Although CPB was recommended for elimination in the co-chairs’ draft of “$200 billion in illustrative savings,” the corporation was not specifically mentioned in the final report released Dec. 1. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that public broadcasting is safe. The final report refers to using that “$200 billion in illustrative 2015 savings” as a starting point for cuts. Meanwhile, two more commissioners have signaled they will vote for the plan; that means nine members have announced their support and one said he is likely to back the proposal. Fourteen of the 18 commissioners must approve the plan for it to continue on to the Senate.