Friday, June 10, 2005

Kudos to Senator Frank Lautenberg, yet again--or halliburton gets an extra 72 mill, so the toddlers get crap!

-----Yesterday during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor/HHS/and Education, Republicans approved a measure that would drastically cut federal funding for all public broadcasting beginning next year.----

Leave Sesame Street alone!!!!

from..Raw Story..
The following release was issued by Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, this morning, following a sharp budget cut by the House Appropriations Committee to public television funding.
In response to Republican efforts to reduce federal funding for children’s public television programs such as Sesame Street and Arthur, Sen. Lautenberg (D-.N.J), a grandfather of ten children, sent a message to his Republican colleagues; “Pick on somebody your own size.”


The poster above was included with the senator's press release; Lautenberg has been known to take humorous tactics to hammer his points home. During the filibuster debate, he displayed a photograph of Emperor Palpatine on the Senate floor.
From his release:
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Lautenberg serves on the Senate Commerce Committee which has oversight of public and private broadcasting, and pledged to use his position to thwart any efforts to cut off funds for PBS.
“With so much filth on the airwaves, public television is an oasis for parents,” said Lautenberg. “As a grandparent I take comfort in the knowledge that my grandchildren can watch safe, quality programs like Sesame Street, Caillou, Arthur and Between the Lions. And as a Senator I’ll fight to save these shows.
“The Republicans who are targeting Elmo, Arthur and other PBS characters should pick on somebody their own size,” Lautenberg added. “Parents across America trust PBS, but these ideologues in Congress think they know what is best for other people’s children.”
Yesterday during a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Labor/HHS/and Education, Republicans approved a measure that would drastically cut federal funding for all public broadcasting beginning next year.
“Elmo and other PBS characters are now on the right wing’s “Most Wanted” List,” said Lautenberg. “Instead of focusing on our nation’s pressing problems, they are picking on children. It’s unconscionable.”

3 Comments:

Blogger PaxRomano said...

This is not the first time that the Nazis, err, the republicans tried pulling this stunt. They did the same thing back in the early 90's trying to pull the funding for PBS.

8:46 AM  
Blogger True Blue Liberal said...

During these dark times I have been proud of my senators, Corzine & Lautenberg, and my congressman, Pallone. While some Democrats have waffled, these New Jerseyans aren't taking any shit from the radicals fundamentalists trying to destroy our country.

8:53 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

Yeah! I am also way proud of those Senators, but...my congressman, Saxton..ugh. ANd ANdrews, well, I keep having hope for him, only to find my face in the mud once again. He needs to discard his centrist democrat leanings and make a stand against war.

10:23 PM  

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