Latest version of Trump budget reportedly maintains push to end CPB funding

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The Trump administration’s first full budget proposal for fiscal year 2018 reportedly removes funding for CPB and two national endowments that support public media projects.

Mick Mulvaney, Office of Management and Budget director, told reporters Monday that the proposal does not recommend eliminating all funding for CPB, according to Broadcasting & Cable. “There is a little money in the budget left to allow us to wind down the federal position,” he said. “We don’t take it to zero right away, but we do anticipate doing so.”

An earlier version of the budget released in March also proposed cutting all funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Mulvaney did not provide additional details about those cuts to reporters.

The full document is due for release this morning.

President Trump signed an omnibus spending bill May 5 funding the government through the end of September. CPB received its forward-funded FY19 appropriation of $445 million, public broadcasting’s interconnection revamp got $50 million, NEA and NEH each received $2 million bumps to $150 million, and the public TV early literacy project Ready To Learn got a $2 million increase to $27.7 million.

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