Congress likely to vote this week on cutting federal funding for NPR programs

NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C.
NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. NCinDC/Flickr (cc by_nc_nd)

The House of Representatives could vote as soon as tomorrow on a resolution that strips federal funding from public broadcasting. The measure specifically targets National Public Radio.

The House of Representatives has already voted once to eliminate federal funding for public broadcasting. The cuts were included in the budget for the rest of the fiscal year.

But the Senate turned thumbs down on the House version of the budget. Now both sides are negotiating a compromise.

The resolution by Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn of Colorado specifically targets National Public Radio. It prohibits the use of federal funds for NPR dues, which pay for “Morning Edition,” “Car Talk” and other NPR programs.

Public radio advocates say money would also dry up for major capital improvements and for special projects – like “StoryCorps.” It would not prohibit stations from using federal money to pay for local reporters or station-produced talk shows.

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