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.