Congress Spending

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A federal funding bill approved by a House committee calls for belt-tightening in education and on Sesame Street.

Almost 50 federally funded programs would be eliminated and many others would be slashed including No Child Left Behind. The cuts total $2.3 billion.

National Public Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting are also on the hit list. The House Appropriations committee would cut federal funding for public broadcasting by 25 percent.

New York Democrat Nita Lowey brought puppets of "Sesame Street" characters Bert and Ernie. It was to remind Republicans of public outcry ten years ago years ago when then-Speaker Newt Gingrich led the charge to slash subsidies for public broadcasting.

A Democratic amendment to provide CPB with $400 million in future-year funding was approved by voice vote.

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