Sesame Street Pleads for Funding

Mar 15, 2011, 15:41

Sesame Street actors were on Capitol Hill today to plead for funding in the face of spending cuts that could threaten the beloved childrens' show.  The Sesame Street crew joined unions and activists as they protested proposed federal spending cuts to public broadcasting.  

The actors on Capitol Hill included Emilio Delgado, Roscoe Orman, Bob McGrath, Alan Muraoka, and Alison Bartlett O'Reilly.

�Sesame Street� cast members described how the childrens' program made a personal impact on their lives and livelihood.

�It has changed all of us and has given us as artists a place to work with such pride,� said Roscoe Orman, the voice of Gordon.

They helped deliver petitions asking the Senate to fully fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which helps pay for Sesame Street and other programming. The House has voted to end spending that totaled about $420 million last year.