7 Republicans Voted Against Defunding NPR

Friday, 25 Mar 2011 08:49 AM

By Richard Viguerie

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From the ConservativeHQ website.

Seven Republicans in the House of Representatives broke ranks with their GOP colleagues last Thursday and voted against a bill to end the taxpayer funding of National Public Radio.

The House vote of 228-192 was largely along party lines with seven Republicans voting against the bill, and one Republican, Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., voting present.

Representatives Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; Chris Gibson, R-N.Y.; Richard Hanna, R-N.Y.; Steven LaTourette, R-Ohio; Dave Reichert, R-Wash.; Pat Tiberi, R-Ohio; and Rob Woodall, R-Ga., voted to keep funding NPR with American tax dollars.

NPR faced a storm of criticism from conservatives after the release of an undercover video by investigative journalist James O’Keefe showed NPR executives holding an extreme liberal bias, and attacking conservatives and the tea party.

While the bill passed the House with ease, it may face a tough haul in the Democratic-controlled Senate. The bill would ban any federal money from going to NPR, including funding through competitive grants from federal agencies and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

NPR receives about $5 million annually in such funds. The bill would also prohibit NPR’s roughly 600 member stations from using federal funds to purchase programming from NPR and to pay station dues.

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