House Votes To Defund NPR
MICHELE NORRIS, Host:
NPR's Audie Cornish has been following the action on the Hill.
AUDIE CORNISH: The very idea of this bill coming to the floor under emergency procedural rules rankled Democrats like New York's Anthony Weiner.
NORRIS: The American people are not concerned about jobs or the economy, or what's going on around the world. They are staring at their radios, saying: Get rid of Click and Clack. Finally, my Republican friends are doing it. Kudos to you.
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CORNISH: But Florida Republican Rich Nugent says the issue is controlling federal spending.
NORRIS: As much as any of us here, including myself, may enjoy programs like CAR TALK, WAIT, WAIT DON'T TELL ME, you can't tell me that that's a core mission of the federal government.
CORNISH: And the focus should be on encouraging a major broadcast organization to be financially independent, argued House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
NORRIS: We've seen NPR and its programming often veer far from what most Americans would like to see as far as the expenditure of their taxpayer dollars. That's the bottom line.
CORNISH: But California Democrat Henry Waxman said the bill still allows local radio stations and public television access to federal funds, so no money would be saved.
NORRIS: This legislation does not serve any fiscal purpose. But it does serve an ugly, ideological one. This legislation is not about reforming NPR; it is about punishing NPR.
CORNISH: Audie Cornish, NPR News, the Capitol.
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