As expected, the House voted Saturday to eliminate funding for public broadcasting.
The GOP-led 235-189 vote on some $60 billion in federal trims included the cutting of funds for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for the rest of the fiscal year.
The cuts will face opposition from the Democratic-led Senate, as well as President Obama, who can veto the measure.
Should the government turn off the spigot, National Public Radio and Public Broadcasting Service will likely have enough corporate and donor support to limp along, but jobs will be lost and popular shows will have to be canceled. On a local level, some of the thousands of public television and radio stations will almost certainly have to close up shop.
"We will continue to work with these Representatives and with members of the Senate to educate them about the importance of the federal investment in public media," said Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, in a statement.