Mulvaney: ‘We’re Ending Federal Involvement With the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’

CPB receives roughly $450 million each year

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney / Getty Images


The Trump administration will end federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, according to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

On a background call with reporters Wednesday, Mulvaney said defunding public television and public radio, including National Public Radio, will not be immediate because of the nature of government contracting.

"We proposed ending funding, but technically what you'll see—it's an elimination—but you'll see an amount of money in the budget, and it is some amount of money that's necessary for us to unwind our involvement with CPB," Mulvaney said during the briefing on the administration's budget blueprint. "So you won't see a zero next to it, but the policy is that we're ending federal involvement with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting."

"Next year it might be zero, it may take a while to unwind that relationship, it's just the nature of contracts," he said.

The Washington Free Beacon previously reported defunding NPR and public radio would likely take years because the Corporation for Public Broadcasting gets its funding two years in advance.

The CPB receives roughly $450 million each year, with $99.1 million going to public radio.

The Trump administration will release the full budget blueprint Thursday afternoon. The so-called "skinny" budget shows Congress the administration's spending priorities, and officials have characterized the suggested spending cuts as "dramatic."

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Elizabeth Harrington is a senior writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Elizabeth graduated from Temple University. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a staff writer for Her email address is Her Twitter handle is @LizWFB.

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