(WASHINGTON) -- As the House prepares for debate on the budget Tuesday, Republicans are trying to cut off public funding for NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service, which run such iconic programs as Sesame Street and Morning Edition.
The House Republicans' budget would rescind any funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting -- which funds these two organizations -- for the remainder of the year, and zero out millions in funds after that.
This is not the first attempt by Congress to cut funding for what many Republicans see as liberal-leaning broadcast operations.
House Republicans made a proposal in November to strip federal funding for NPR after the radio station fired controversial commentator Juan Williams for comments he made about Muslims.
That bill didn't pass, but this time, Republicans are in the majority in the House, and many say the cuts are needed to balance the burgeoning U.S. deficit.
If funding indeed gets put on the chopping block, it could have a detrimental impact on PBS and NPR affiliates, many of which are already struggling financially.
PBS president and chief executive Paula Kerger, pointing to the network's educational programming, said, "It's America's children who will feel the greatest loss, especially those who can't attend preschool."
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