Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) has once again proposed legislation to defund CPB and NPR and to stop public radio stations from using federal funds to purchase programs or pay NPR dues.
An announcement on Lamborn’s website Thursday said the U.S. Constitution “does not grant the federal government the authority to subsidize media programming.”
“Recent programming” on PBS “offended many conservative and religious taxpayers who do not want the children inculcated with liberal viewpoints on sensitive topics,” Lamborn said in the announcement. Last month, the PBS Kids program Arthur included a gay wedding, which Alabama Public Television declined to air.
Co-sponsoring the legislation are Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.).
Lamborn has proposed similar bills annually since 2007, except in the 114th Congress in 2015–16. None have passed into law. Lamborn’s 2011 proposal to block funds for NPR passed the House but did not come up for a vote in the Senate. His 2010 proposal to do the same was voted down in the House.