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NPR Should Get No More Taxpayer Funding: House GOP's Cantor

The congressional effort to end federal funding for NPR received new impetus Tuesday after a video surfaced of an executive who was the public-radio network's top fundraising official when he made controversial remarks about Republicans, conservatives and the Tea Party movement.

My fellow NPR blogger, Mark Memmott, has covered the story on our news blog, The Two-Way, since it broke in The Daily Caller Tuesday morning. That remains the best place on the NPR.org site to follow the story.

That said, it's worth noting here on a blog that covers politics that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has issued a statement in response to the video.

He said:

"As we continue to identify ways to cut spending and save valuable resources, this disturbing video makes clear that taxpayer dollars should no longer be appropriated to NPR. Not only have top public broadcasting executives finally admitted that they do not need taxpayer dollars to survive, it is also clear that without federal funds, public broadcasting stations self-admittedly would become eligible for more private dollars on top of the multi-million dollar donations these organizations already receive.

"At a time when our government borrows 40 cents of every dollar that it spends, we must find ways to cut spending and live within our means. This video clearly highlights the fact that public broadcasting doesn't need taxpayer funding to thrive, and I hope that admission will lead to a bipartisan consensus to end these unnecessary federal subsidies."

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