The vote today was 228-192 in favor of permanently defunding National Public Radio. The public broadcaster gets about 2% of its revenue via grants from federal agencies in places like the Department of Education, but NPR says it gets 40% from member station fees, which would go away if the bill becomes law. The vote was mostly along party lines, though seven Republicans voted against the measure. It’s unlikely it will get much traction in the Democrat-controlled Senate when it moves there for consideration; the White House already has said it opposes the measure.
The bill picked up steam as Republicans pounced on a recent hidden-camera controversy at NPR that ended in the resignation of CEO Vivian Schiller.
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