Rep. Doug Lamborn
, R-Colo., who sponsored the legislation the House passed Thursday to end federal funding to National Public Radio, said on Fox News that only in Washington can tens of millions of dollars be considered “not a serious amount.”
The bill, which now goes to the Democratically controlled Senate – where it is expected to fail –also prohibits local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs.
“On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren asked why the House was so concerned with NPR, when its funding was a negligible percentage of federal spending.
“In my state of Colorado, public radio … gets 6 percent from the government. It is hard to pin down the amount that is still serious money,” Lamborn
said. “Only in Washington people say that is not a serious amount.”
NPR is “very concerned about their funding, and they should be,” he continued. “We said three weeks ago, no funding for the parent of NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today no funding for NPR.”
As to the Senate voting the bill down, Lamborn said most senators did not face the wrath of the American people in the 2010 elections over federal spending, and the NPR issue was financial – not political.
“Two-thirds of the Senate did not face the voters in the last election and they have not seen, I don’t think, the righteous anger of the American people,” he said. “We in the House all got it. We faced the vote. We came through the other side. They don’t understand this is a serious matter – spending in general – this is one of a bunch of things.
“This to me is a spending issue.”
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