A U.S. Senate subcommittee has proposed restoring most of the funding the House appropriations committee initially rescinded for public broadcasting.

The proposed budget from the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies includes $400 million in FY 2008 advance funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), as well as $35 million in FY 2006 for CPB to assist stations in meeting the federally mandated conversion to digital television, and a $40 million installment for the replacement of Public Televisions aging satellite interconnection system. In addition, $25 million was approved for Ready to Learn - a slight increase in that program - and $11 million to Ready to Teach.

The Senate mark-up followed by one day the Subcommittee's hearing, chaired by Senator Arlen Specter (R-PA), on funding for CPB. The full Senate Appropriations Committee is scheduled to take up the funding bill on July 14.

Once the Senate votes on its version of the measure, appropriators from the two chambers will meet in a House-Senate conference to decide the final outcome -- probably this fall.