Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) is working with the House GOP leadership office to redraft H.R. 69, which currently targets NPR program funding. A Lamborn aide today (March 14) told Current that they anticipate the bill to be on the House floor Thursday for debate and vote. The new bill will prohibit direct federal funding of NPR, as well as ban the use of federal funds from CPB for payment of dues by local radio stations to NPR.
That’s a one-two punch for NPR and, perhaps, a knockout. NPS has said it does not need the direct Federal funding, but it does need dues from stations. Without the ability to use CPB CSG’s for paying NPR dues, the bulk of NPR’s funding will disappear.
This is a good thing.