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Can you tell which party made the following budget proposals?
The first one said: "The budget proposes to eliminate federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting," it said.
Services - PBS - NPR - Funding - CPB
"Services such as PBS and NPR, which receive funding from the CPB, could make up the shortfall by increasing revenues from corporate sponsors, foundations, and members.
"In addition," it continued, "alternatives to PBS and NPR programming have grown substantially since CPB was first established in 1967, greatly reducing the need for publicly funded programming options."
Proposal - Position
The second proposal took the contrary position.
It said: "The Committee values the contributions of public television and radio stations in serving the needs of their local communities. ...
Mission - Public - Broadcasting - Act - CPB
"In fulfilling the mission of the Public Broadcasting Act," it said, "CPB should encourage federally funded content distributed through national organizations to focus on rural America, civic discourse and engagement, and life-long learning."
So, which party believes the federal government should force taxpayers to fund CPB and which believes it should not?
Conflict - Spending - Program
Consider a similar conflict over another federal spending program.
One side said: "The budget proposes to begin shutting down the National Endowment for the Arts... given the notable funding support provided by private and other public sources and because the administration does not consider NEA activities to be core federal responsibilities."
Side - Committee - Values - Relationship - NEA
The other side responded: "The committee values greatly the longstanding collaborative relationship between the NEA and the states."
So, which party favors forcing taxpayers to fund the NEA and which does not?
Answer - Republicans
Answer: The Republicans.
Yes, the Republicans took both sides on these issues.
Republicans - White - House - Funding - CPB
The Republicans in the White House called for eliminating federal funding of CPB and NEA. The Republican majority in the House called for funding them.
Trump took one side. House Republicans took the other.
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