NPR defunding bill passes

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H.R. 1076, to prohibit federal funding for station dues or NPR programming, has passed the House by a vote of 228-192.

“This bill is insidious,” pubcasting champion Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) told Current Wednesday (March 16). “This is a fascinating metaphor for what is going on with new Republican majority. This isn’t about cutting budgets, it’s very much ideologically driven and pretty diametrically at variance with where most of the American public is.”