Omnibus bill bumps up FY17 funds for Ready To Learn and arts endowments

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An omnibus spending bill that funds the government through the end of September contains level support for CPB and a slight raise in funding for arts agencies and the public TV literacy initiative Ready To Learn.

A House vote is tentatively set for Wednesday. The Senate is expected to vote before the end of the week.

The bill provides CPB with its forward-funded fiscal 2019 appropriation of $445 million. Public broadcasting’s interconnection distribution system revamp would also receive its expected $50 million for FY17.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities each get $150 million, up $2 million each from FY16.

Ready To Learn would receive $2 million more, raising its support to $27.7 million.