228-192: House votes to pull the plug on funding for NPR

posted at 5:03 pm on March 17, 2011 by Allahpundit

It’s a nice sop to a conservative base that’s not thrilled with the bite-sized budget deals they’ve seen so far, but it’s going nowhere in the Senate. That’s why they did this as a separate bill, in fact, instead of sticking it in the three-week budget bill that passed a few days ago. Reid and the Democrats would have choked on the latter otherwise.

So rest easy, urban liberals. “All Things Considered” is still on the house.

The bill, passed 228-192 along mainly partisan lines, would bar federal funding of NPR and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs. The prospects of support in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim. Seven Republicans broke ranks to vote against the bill.

“It is time for American citizens to stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet,” said Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., the sponsor. He said it was not a question of content — which many conservatives say has a liberal bias — but whether taxpayer dollars should go to nonessential services. “As a country we no longer have this luxury.”…

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., displayed a blow-up photo of the two brothers who host the car advice show “Car Talk” with the caption, referring to their nicknames, reading “Save Click and Clack.”

Too bad Click and Clack aren’t large animal puppets that entertain kids; the “Save Big Bird” pitches are so much more emotionally effective. If it had a chance of passing in the Senate, this really would have done some damage: As noted by the AP, the federal money that NPR really depends on isn’t the cash it receives directly from the feds but the revenue it gets from local stations that use federal money to buy its programs. Lamborn’s bill would choke off both of those streams. Which makes me wonder, why didn’t the House GOP attach this to the three-week budget resolution? Granted, Reid and the Democrats would have raised a stink about Republicans waging ideological war on the beloved institution of National Public blahblahblah, but if the name of the game is using public jitters over the deficit to force Democrats to accept bite-sized cuts, why not toss in this very small extra cut for good measure? Is the left really going to shut down the government to save NPR? C’mon.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s Democrat Jim McGovern proposing that the House also cut off any federal dollars that might go towards advertising on Fox News. Fine by me — the cases where the feds should be spending money advertising anything are few and far between — but (a) there’s no need to limit that ban to FNC, and (b) as Dreier explains, that’s apples and oranges comparison vis-a-vis propping up NPR with grants. Still, though, a fun bit of grandstanding. Oh, and in case you’re wondering who those seven Republicans are who voted no: Gibson, Hanna, LaTourette, Reichert, Tiberi, Woodall, and … blogosphere fave Sean Duffy. Click the image to watch.


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Winning.

hawkdriver on March 17, 2011 at 5:06 PM

PS

Bill Moyers, do you like apples?

hawkdriver on March 17, 2011 at 5:07 PM

The NEW NPR, Now with 100% less Federal Funding, 100% more Republican Hate.

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:08 PM

This is just theatrics. If they were serious, they would have included it in the budget bill or even passed it as a condition of the CR.

promachus on March 17, 2011 at 5:08 PM

A hollow gesture but still fun.

Mason on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Duffy’s axe just got a bit duller. Better be careful before he slips off the log.

It was gutless to include this as a stand-alone b/c they knew it would go nowhere without the leverage of the CR.

aquaviva on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

If only we had a Senate that would go along. But then if we did the measure may not have passed the house at all.

MJBrutus on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

it’s going nowhere in the Senate. That’s why they did this as a separate bill, in fact, instead of sticking it in the three-week budget bill that passed a few days ago. Reid and the Democrats would have choked on the latter otherwise.

So once again we have meaningless theater in place of actual leadership, at the expense of the taxpayer.

So what is the difference between the GOP and the Democrats again?

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

it’s going nowhere in the Senate

I’m tired of empty gestures.

Defund the darned thing. Put it into a CR and make the Dems shut down the government over it. I’m sure that’ll go over fabulously with the blue-collar Democrats.

Y-not on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Bring it up again.

In January 2013.

pugwriter on March 17, 2011 at 5:10 PM

I understand that it won’t go anywhere in the Senate. But then, Senate funding shouldn’t go anywhere in the House. That would have the effect of stopping the funding, as funding doesn’t occur unless it’s approved.

Why not cut it off by refusing to pass funding rather than specifically defunding?

If Democrats want to shut down the government over money to National Public Radio, let them. Let them defend it.

All we’re trying to do is trim the fat. Ask them to explain why we should fund NPR when even Obama is calling for heat subsidy decreases.

We can’t afford heat for the poor but we can afford NPR?

amerpundit on March 17, 2011 at 5:12 PM

why not toss in this very small extra cut for good measure?

You answered your own question. Republicans need to be able to argue that the Democrats’ approach to balanced budgets is nickel-and-diming a big-bucks problem. Tying the fate of the entire government to a problem that is quite literally a few million dollars (about $7-$8 million, according to the article you posted), would be the height of hypocrisy, exposing the Republicans as equally unserious about the scope of the problem. As it is, it’s still a bit ridiculous: That’s less than half a minute’s worth of Medicare/Social Security that they wasted their time on as a sop to the base.

calbear on March 17, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Er, that should’ve been “three minutes,” not “half a minute.” The point remains….

calbear on March 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Reichert

Dave, one day you’re going to piss off so many of the Republicans in your district that pandering to the Left won’t win you an election. Those transplants from California and Seattle aren’t moving to your district with plans to vote for a RINO – I’m sure the Dems will find someone nice and socialist for them to vote for.

fiatboomer on March 17, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Obama-2012 because it’s all going down the tubes anyway so we might as well go out in style.

Mord on March 17, 2011 at 5:18 PM

Nothing but stagecraft. Do the gop establishment really think we ar ethis stupid. cut the damn thing or don’t. do not pretend to do so.

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 5:19 PM

Democrat Jim McGovern proposing that the House also cut off any federal dollars that might go towards advertising on Fox News

Is that an admission that NPR is a wing of the Democrat party?

Kjeil on March 17, 2011 at 5:20 PM

Stupid. Its only for show. Where’s some backbone?

El_Terrible on March 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

this is like watching ALi and frasier but instead of them punching each other they are simply dancing around waiting till the bell rings.

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 5:21 PM

That’s why they did this as a separate bill, in fact, instead of sticking it in the three-week budget bill that passed a few days ago. Reid and the Democrats would have choked on the latter otherwise.

That’s called piss-poor leadership.

SouthernGent on March 17, 2011 at 5:22 PM

So once again we have meaningless theater in place of actual leadership, at the expense of the taxpayer.

So what is the difference between the GOP and the Democrats again?

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Come on. Do you really think we`d get ObamaCare repealed and entitlement reforms past the lib controlled senate and White House? They`d be just as much theater as this, if not more so. No big changes until we get Obama out and take the senate.

ThePrez on March 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

About. Da*n. Time!

MidWestFarmer on March 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

As others have said-just posturing and window dressing–full of “words and music” and signifying absolutely nothing. Even the Senate doesn’t matter if you have ‘El Veto’ waiting in the wings.

MaiDee on March 17, 2011 at 5:24 PM

Duffy? No? Oh, man, I’m crushed. ‘Cause he knew it was theatrics?

publiuspen on March 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

Come on. Do you really think we`d get ObamaCare repealed and entitlement reforms past the lib controlled senate and White House? They`d be just as much theater as this, if not more so. No big changes until we get Obama out and take the senate.

ThePrez on March 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

So the answer is that in fact, there is no difference, just the promise that if they get more power there will gosh darn it, be a difference. Except when they got to vote on TARP and every other boondoggle, there wasn’t much difference then either… but we have their pinkie swear that this time it will be different.

The GOP is slightly better than the Democrats, but we are well past the point that slightly is even close to good enough.

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 5:28 PM

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Hate is for chumps. Conservatives don’t want to fund the DNC/Socialist network, since they are enemies of democracy.

dogsoldier on March 17, 2011 at 5:29 PM

CPB needs to be included and tacked to the CR. Make the dems shut down the govt over this.

GardenGnome on March 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM

Yeah, Big Bird and company need ‘saving’. Was at an amusement park with the grandkids yesterday. The stuff Sesame Street characters and other merchandise are pulling in a small fortune just on their own.

GarandFan on March 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

One of the mom blogs I frequent (CafeMom) is atwitter about how Republicans are voting to cut aspects of the Amber Alert system. I read that apparently NPR has a role to play in dissemination of Amber Alerts, and by voting to pull the plug on NPR, they’re voting against children helped by the AA system.

The message of fiscal responsibility is being lost somewhere along the way, and I personally have no idea how to combat this. I have to admit that, if true, I’m not entirely comfortable with losing an avenue for the alerts – and I’m 100% behind defunding NPR.

Anna on March 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

ser·vi·tude, get use to it citizens; because leaders of both parties and their members are passing laws or allowing laws to stand that are governing us into servants

BLKandPRD on March 17, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Duffy? No? Oh, man, I’m crushed. ‘Cause he knew it was theatrics?

publiuspen on March 17, 2011 at 5:26 PM

That Duffy, Gibson, and Woodall voted against it tells me these guys weren’t down for a show vote.

Red Cloud on March 17, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Come on. Do you really think we`d get ObamaCare repealed and entitlement reforms past the lib controlled senate and White House? They`d be just as much theater as this, if not more so. No big changes until we get Obama out and take the senate.

ThePrez on March 17, 2011 at 5:23 PM

How do you know this? If the GOp fails to pressure the dem senators in the red states they will have a very easy re-election. If you fight for what you believe and make the dem senators block it you paint them. If Obama vetos it how do you know the Congress will not override the veto?

Governening is more than show it is making people make the tough choiuces so the voters know who to kick the hell out of office the next election to get things moving. Without that information voters are at the mercy of PR campaigns and spin doctors.

unseen on March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Anna on March 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

It is a sign of how screwed up the government is that NPR and the Amber Alert system are intertwined like that.

WisCon on March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

One of the mom blogs I frequent (CafeMom) is atwitter about how Republicans are voting to cut aspects of the Amber Alert system. I read that apparently NPR has a role to play in dissemination of Amber Alerts, and by voting to pull the plug on NPR, they’re voting against children helped by the AA system.

The message of fiscal responsibility is being lost somewhere along the way, and I personally have no idea how to combat this. I have to admit that, if true, I’m not entirely comfortable with losing an avenue for the alerts – and I’m 100% behind defunding NPR.

Anna on March 17, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Here’s the deal. All radio stations across the country are part of the Emergency Alert System (which handles Amber Alerts), as required by the FCC. There are different levels of stations. There are PEP (primary entry point) stations, which generate alerts on a national/regional level. Then each state has Primary stations, which are designated by each state’s own emergency management agencies. These stations get alert information directly from the state police or some other agency. These stations are monitored by Secondary stations, which then have the option, and in some cases the requirement, of relaying those alerts.

In most, if not all cases, the public radio stations in a given state are the Primary stations for EAS.

Cutting funding to NPR is not going to change that status one bit. If a public radio station goes under as a result of Congress cutting funding (an unlikely scenario anyway), that state’s emergency management agencies will designate another station as an EAS Primary station.

(I’ve oversimplified the actual structure of the EAS for the sake of this post.)

Bottom line…Your friend is misinformed.

CurtZHP on March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Case in point, the station where I work as an engineer is a Secondary EAS station. Our assigned Primary is a public radio station, but because of their tiny signal and the geography between us and them, we can’t get them; so we have permission from the FCC to monitor another Primary station in the state. That Primary station is NOT a public radio station.

The Amber Alert system will work just fine with or without public radio stations.

CurtZHP on March 17, 2011 at 5:54 PM

why not toss in this very small extra cut for good measure? Is the left really going to shut down the government to save NPR? C’mon.

But have there been any cuts yet? Or nicks or scratches?

AshleyTKing on March 17, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I thought the House held the purse strings

DEFUND IT AZZH>>>S!

I’m REALLY gettin tired of these fools!

SARAH PALIN THIRD PARTY 2012!

I’m sick of the two party parade to socialism!

And by giving either one of these parties my vote I enable them.

Gird Yer Loins Liars!

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Bottom line…Your friend is misinformed.

CurtZHP on March 17, 2011 at 5:50 PM

Not my friend, but rather several posters at a very popular website. Where, of course, people are taking it out of context, and using it as a slam against Republicans. It bothers me that the information has been twisted like that, and it’s in a forum that is accessed by thousands of women, generally who get their panties in a twist about everything – and these women vote.

Thank you for the explanation. It’s something I never really thought about, and something I was ignorant about. If it’s okay with you, I’ll be using your explanation to try and quell the fears – but I still wonder how we’re going to fight the continual skewing of what fiscal conservatives are trying to do to save this country from financial ruin.

Anna on March 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Third party! Way to go! Hello 4 more years of Obama. Oh, that’s right there’s no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans…

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Not my friend, but rather several posters at a very popular website. Where, of course, people are taking it out of context, and using it as a slam against Republicans.

Anna on March 17, 2011 at 6:00 PM

This will be repeated several dozen times in the next year and in the elections because to cut funding always has some link to something someone loves.

Me, I just want to hold up my kid and post an Amber Alert about their future being kidnapped by the fiscal molesters in Washington.

beatcanvas on March 17, 2011 at 6:23 PM

So noted on the wikipedia page for each of the 7 traitor Republicans who voted no.

“On Thursday, March 17, 2011 <> became one of only 7 Republicans who voted “NO” on a measure introduced in the US House of Representatives to strip all government funding from NPR.””

moochy on March 17, 2011 at 6:34 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

Philly on March 17, 2011 at 6:35 PM

Put Elmo on the street corner with a tin cup full of pencils… He’ll raise enough money…

Khun Joe on March 17, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Manipulative and maddening. The GOP played us all for fools and keeps doing it.

rrpjr on March 17, 2011 at 7:02 PM

So what is the difference between the GOP and the Democrats again?

sharrukin on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

I was SO hoping you’d be able to explain it to me…

oldleprechaun on March 17, 2011 at 7:04 PM

Third party! Way to go! Hello 4 more years of Obama. Oh, that’s right there’s no difference between the Democrats and the Republicans…

sandee on March 17, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Maybe, maybe not!

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results = INSANITY!

If the Repugnantcans refuse to fight, to defund or repeal Obamacare, NPR, NEA, and drastically cut the deficit then maybe enough people will be open to a third party candidate willing to do so!

Cutting 60 billion out of a 1645 billion dollar budget deficit for 2012 is 3.64% not nearly enough considering the increase that the 1645 Billion represents from 5 years ago.

We are being sold into slavery to the Federal Govt and a bunch of entitled slackers and takers.

dhunter on March 17, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Good thing the radiation death cloud is come over or we will all be screwed when they money runs out for real as no one will give us any as they too will be done because of the radiation death cloud covering the world… Oh there is not a death cloud… Are we still all screwed. Um, Yea we are all still screwed.

Cut it all, turn it off.

tjexcite on March 17, 2011 at 7:19 PM

It is a stand alone bill because Repubs are not serious about cutting spending.

patrick neid on March 17, 2011 at 7:24 PM

The Joker will never say to this bunch “Why so serious?”

itzWicks on March 17, 2011 at 8:12 PM

EXCELLENT!!

canopfor on March 17, 2011 at 8:39 PM

Wonder if NPR will be exempt from the “Fairness Doctrine” should it go into effect?

Dr. ZhivBlago on March 17, 2011 at 8:53 PM

Awesome, I’ll take it. Now keep going…

Bee on March 17, 2011 at 9:29 PM

If the democratics refuse to give in on PBS cuts, then we should offer a compromise, -fund a conservative organization with the same amount of money we give to PBS. Maybe Heritage would like a couple hundred million dollars. Maybe Brrrrreitbart can take that amount of money and start a conservative news network.

Let’s look for balance in all of this ideological funding. Planned Parenthood? Equal funding for a Pro-Life group.

slickwillie2001 on March 17, 2011 at 9:52 PM

It’s time for a third party. I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils. The Republicans to borrrow from comedian Jerry Clower “Are all mouth and no guts” or full of Bovine Scaffology (Credit Norman Schwarzkoff)). The Repukes are just setting it up for Obummer to be re elected and for them to lose their asses as usual. Just gutless as ususal.

hamradio on March 17, 2011 at 9:53 PM

I’m tired of empty gestures.

Defund the darned thing. Put it into a CR and make the Dems shut down the government over it. I’m sure that’ll go over fabulously with the blue-collar Democrats.

Y-not on March 17, 2011 at 5:09 PM

Every two or three weeks that they have to do another CR attach another government agency defund. This week NPR. Next week EPA, etc.

Corsair on March 17, 2011 at 10:04 PM

from Rob Woodall’s Facebook page regarding the NPR vote.

several in his district questioned why he voted the way he did & this is what he wrote:

Take a close look at my NPR vote today. Every article that I have seen on the vote says the bill “cuts NPR and reduces spending” yet that just isn’t true. The bill today didn’t allow us to cut one penny in spending, and I think that is outrageous. I voted “no” because we need to cut and save those dollars. This bill just shuffled and spent them. You and I expect better from this Congress, and I’m fighting for it.

so – i guess that the repugs are just screwing around up there & not serious. this makes me even more upset!

poppieseeds on March 17, 2011 at 10:16 PM

The NEW NPR, Now with 100% less Federal Funding, 100% more Republican Hate.

portlandon on March 17, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Not possible son, there is only 24 hour in a day.

Slowburn on March 17, 2011 at 10:26 PM