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Rokita Votes to Defund National Public Radio

March 21, 2011

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.

One Response to “ Rokita Votes to Defund National Public Radio ”

  1. Andrew on March 22, 2011 at 4:42 am

    I have been following this somewhat, and while I am happy that energy is being spent looking for wastes in national spending, this hardly seems like a big win.

    I would suggest better energy would be spent investigating if some of the countries in the world that we are funding to levels that make the NPR debate irrelevant are really worth our support.

    Further, rather than cut-cut-cut and hope for somebody to snap their fingers and then there are jobs, there should be active investigation in putting such monies into investing in future businesses that are going to replace those that have passed out of season.

    Looking at this whole picture from a distance, it just seems like more party warfare between the Democrats and the Republicans at a time when this is too costly. I think if people want to represent the Hoosier interests, it should be to rise above this boloney.