Patrick Butler, Association of Public Television Stations, President & CEO goes over current efforts in the House of Representatives to cut funding for public broadcasting. Yesterday, the House passed H.R. 1076, which would prohibit public radio stations to send federal funds from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to NPR. Earlier this week the passage of the Continuing Resolution included $50 million in cuts to the CPB, $20 million of that directly affects public television stations.
Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), Budget Committee & Armed Services Committees Member, talks about the House passages of another continuing resolution to fund the government. It was approved by a vote of 271-158, with 54 Republicans, including Rep. Akin, voting against. The proposal also included $6 billion in spending cuts from current levels.
Richard Norton Smith, George Mason University, Author & Presidential Historian, promotes his upcoming Presidents and Patriots bus tour happening in May.
David Applegate, U.S. Geological Survey, Senior Science Adviser for Earthquake & Geologic Hazards addresses concerns that an earthquake like the one that occurred in Japan could occur in the United States. Specifically experts believe the area along the Pacific Northwest -- the coasts of Alaska, Washington and Oregon, are vulnerable.