NPR funding survives in 2011 budget; GOP had insisted on cut during negotiations

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A Republican provision to cut all federal funding to NPR was dropped in Friday’s (April 8) late-night deal on the fiscal 2011 budget, according to the Wall Street Journal. That funding, along with money for Planned Parenthood, became a sticking point in the tense standoff between the parties as they negotiated an agreement to keep the government open past a midnight deadline. Under the deal, the GOP won budget cuts of $39 billion for the remaining six months of the fiscal year, far more than either party had expected a few months ago.