03/22/11 Representative Todd Rokita (R-IN) today voted to end funding for National Public Broadcasting (NPR), a measure that passed by 228 to 192. The move is another small step toward responsible reform and a balanced budget. Rep. Rokita released the following statement:
“Hoosiers sent me to Washington stop the out-of-control spending that continues to weigh down our economy and destroy jobs. We must get our debt under control so that Hoosiers can get back to work. Every bit of savings counts, and this bill is another positive step forward. NPR will continue to broadcast, but they will finally be allowed to stand on their own.”
The bill, H.R. 1076, will not prevent local radio stations from receiving grants or other funding. It will prohibit direct federal funding of NPR, the use of federal funds provided to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) for dues to NPR and the use of federal funds provided to CPB to produce programming.