Rep. Doug Lamborn Reintroduces Bill To Eliminate Federal Funding Of NPR
July 3, 2013 at 4:26 AM (PT)
Rep. DOUG LAMBORN (R-CO) is taking another run at eliminating federal funding for NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO. The new bill, which LAMBORN introduced on FRIDAY, is identical to one that passed the House in MARCH, 2011 but failed in the Senate.
"At a time when millions of federal works are being furloughed, school children are barred from visiting the WHITE HOUSE, and many military training flights are grounded all to save money, it is unacceptable that taxpayers are still on the hook for millions of dollars each year to subsidize NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO," LAMBORN said in a press release accompanying the bill's announcement. "Additionally, it was highly inappropriate for NPR to move into a lavish new headquarters building partly paid for by taxpayers, many of whom continue to struggle under the worst economy since the Great Depression."
In fiscal year 2010, NPR received $56 million in indirect funds and $5 million in direct funds from federal taxpayers, LAMBORN noted, adding, "In a world of 500-channel cable TV, streaming radio over the Internet, and cellphone Internet access, government-funded broadcasting is completely unnecessary. The government has no business being a broadcaster, especially when there is a thriving private market."