Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Republicans move to defund NPR

Politico: Meredith Shiner reports from the Hill that the House Rules committee will hold an emergency meeting Wednesday at 3 p.m. on H.R. 1076, the measure “to prohibit funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content.”
The bill, introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), who has been spearheading efforts to remove federal subsidies from public broadcasting, is here. [...]
The pending legislation is a stand-alone measure that would slash funding regardless of pending negotiations between the House and Senate on a continuing resolution. It is unlikely the standalone bill would clear the Senate, even if passed, or that the President would sign such an initiative into law.
Sorry, but this is a complete waste of time. Video or no video, Senate Democrats are going to block this bill. The better way to handle defunding NPR is to tie it to legislation that the Democrats cannot say no to. There will be plenty of opportunities to snag the Democrats this way. Republicans simply have to bide their time. Too many Republicans like to engage in these symbolic maneuvers. While they may score points with the base, these efforts do zero to actually change things.

Note: Yes, I did use an image of the NPR logo with crosshairs on it. This is because I do not give two flips about the left's "new civility".

Via: Memeorandum
Via: Politico

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