Nov 17, 2010

GOP will force floor vote on defunding NPR

House Republicans announced today (Nov. 17) that they plan to force a floor vote on defunding NPR, The Hill is reporting. House GOP Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Rep. Doug Lamborn (Colo.) said the issue received the most votes on Cantor's YouCut site, which allows visitors to advise lawmakers on budget cuts. (The option to vote "no" is not provided.) "When NPR executives made the decision to unfairly terminate [Correspondent] Juan Williams and to then disparage him afterwards, the bias of their organization was exposed," the two said in a statement. "Make no mistake, it is not the role of government to tell news organizations how to operate. What is avoidable, however, is providing taxpayer funds to news organizations that promote a partisan point of view." NPR fired Williams in October after his controversial comments he made about Muslim airline passengers.

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