Measure to Defund NPR Passes the House
by Sam Johnson on March 17, 2011 at 6:39 PM
To cut spending and help balance the budget, today I voted to end federal spending on National Public Radio (NPR). The measure passed the House by a vote of 228 to 192 and now heads to the U.S. Senate for consideration. President Obama’s bipartisan debt commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public broadcasting.
Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldn’t be forced to fund NPR when there are already countless options for educational and entertainment programming. I believe in freedom and free enterprise. NPR claims that it only gets 2 percent of their funding from taxpayers and so these programs can and will be able to find a way to stand on their own.
The bill, H.R. 1076, would prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio. The initiative also prohibits local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues.
Last month I voted for sweeping budget cuts for the remainder of this budget year that included taking back some $86 million budgeted for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the parent organization of NPR. The Senate failed to pass this spending bill.