House Blocks Republican Effort to Cut NPR Funding

November 19, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—Ever since NPR fired analyst Juan Williams last month, Republicans have sought to cut government funding of the public radio network, but a vote in the House of Representatives yesterday showed that Democrats aren’t quite ready to take that step. House Republicans tried to move the defunding forward through the YouCut program, which would have allowed the public to vote online regarding spending cuts, but Democrats blocked the move, The Hill reported.

Republicans were united in voting to defund NPR, with three Democrats also joining them in the quest to remove government money from the program. Those Democrats were John Adler (N.J.), Gene Taylor (MS), and Gabrielle Giffords (AZ)—both Adler and Taylor lost their elections earlier this month, The Hill reports.

Republicans were disappointed with the failure to defund NPR, but vowed to move forward with the measure next year, when the Republican majority takes over, The Hill notes.


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One Response to “House Blocks Republican Effort to Cut NPR Funding”

  1. Bob Baker on November 19th, 2010 11:55 am

    Why on earth would anyone want to cut NPR? They present a solid journalistic news program without the usual strong editorial overtones of many other “news” outlets. Plus, it is commercial free. I urge the readers of this post to listen and then form their own opinion regarding NPR, rather than taking someone else’s word for it! NPR really does a good job of reporting the news, and I am dismayed that anyone would want to cut funding for such a worthwhile service, especially in these times of less journalism and more opinion concealed as unbiased reporting.

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