It might be the death knell for Grover: Last week, the House of Representatives voted to cut funding for PBS and NPR by 25 percent. Public Broadcasting Service is a nonprofit organization of television stations that airs primarily educational programs such as Sesame Street and Nova. National Public Radio is a similar organization devoted to radio.
A spokesperson for PBS said smaller stations would be the hardest hit, as they rely more heavily on public funds. Congressman David Obey, D-Wisconsin, said the cuts would be "disastrous," adding that "public broadcasting is the most valuable resource we have for getting quality programming to children."
The cuts come at a time when the Bush administration is coming under fire for spending billions on the war in Iraq while having to heavily cut programs at home. In addition to PBS and NPR, the house voted to cut funds for 49 other government programs.
Get ready for longer pledge drive weekends and more Shell Oil "sponsorships."