The U.S. House of Representatives voted 228-192 yesterday to eliminate federal funding for National Public Radio. Voices from the floor debate:
• “The American people are not concerned about jobs or the economy or what's going on around the world. They are staring at their radios saying: Get rid of Click and Clack. Finally, my Republican friends are doing it. Kudos to you.” —Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-NY
• “As much as any of us here, including myself, may enjoy programs like Car Talk [and] Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, you can't tell me that that's a core mission of the federal government.” —Rep. Rich Nugent, R-Fla.
• “We've seen NPR and its programming often veer far from what most Americans would like to see as far as the expenditure of their taxpayer dollars. That's the bottom line.” —Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va.
• “This legislation does not serve any fiscal purpose. But it does serve an ugly ideological one. This legislation is not about reforming NPR; it is about punishing NPR.” —Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif.
• “NPR can survive on its own. It has quality programming.... They could survive and even thrive. So let's let them loose from taxpayer subsidies.... I would be doing this if this was right-leaning or neutral because there’s no need for government to be subsidizing media.” —Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., who introduced the bill.
Editorial Comment: Defenestration?
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