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House Votes 228-192 To Strip All Funding to NPR

March 18, 2011

No surprise that yesterday’s House vote to strip all funding from National Public Radio (NPR), passed along party lines. Here is the Republican argument on this issue:

Congressman Doug Lamborn, Colorado Republican, who reintroduced the legislation that would slash taxpayer funding from NPR to zero said: “The fact is, it is a luxury we cannot afford to subsidize.”

BUT, there is plenty of money for nuclear development and the new war with Libya — both ironically are supported by the President. The fact is, defunding CPB and NPR are bargaining chips that will be put into play in the Senate when they craft the final version of the budget. Sad state of affairs, but this is how it works folks.

The Hill reports: The House on Thursday passed a bill to defund NPR, a measure strongly opposed by the White House but one Republicans say will save taxpayer money.

The standalone bill has only a slim chance of becoming law. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) did not say whether the upper chamber would consider the legislation, but indicated he does not support defunding.

The GOP-backed measure, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.), passed 228-192. One Republican voted present, and seven voted against the bill. No Democrats supported it.

In fiscal years 2009 and 2010 the CPB distributed federal grant money to more than 600 public radio stations, which used that money to buy programs and pay dues to NPR.

NPR says that of its $145.5 million in budgeted revenues in the fiscal year ending last September, only 1. 9 percent came from station dues. The biggest chunk, $63 million or 43 percent, came from station program fees. Another $36 million, or 24.7 percent, was derived from corporate sponsorships. About 3 percent came from grants from federally funded agencies such as the CPB and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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