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'Sesame Street' actors protest budget cuts in Washington

By Sophie Schillaci

From "Sesame Street" to Capitol Hill, the real-life actors behind the hit PBS children's program are getting involved and fighting proposed federal spending cuts to public broadcasting.

The AP reports that Emilio Delgado (Luis) Roscoe Orman (Gordon) and Bob McGrath (Bob) took to our nation's capital to join unions and activist groups in protest. Alan Muraoka (Alan) and Alison Bartlett O'Reilly (Gina) were also present as members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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On Tuesday the actors delivered petitions asking the Senate to fully fund PBS. The House has voted to end over $400 million in spending that would fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces programming such as "Sesame Street."

As Babble points out, those classic "moneymaking machines" such as Elmo could survive budget cuts, but the daily access millions of kids have to programming would change eventually.