As promised, House Republicans forced a vote today on a proposal that would eliminate federal funding for NPR, and as expected, it failed — 239 to 171.
Interestingly, three Democrats supported the measure: Reps. John Adler (N.J.) and Gene Taylor (Miss.), who were defeated in the midterms, and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (Ariz.), the Keith Olbermann beneficiary who barely squeaked by for reelection.
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R., Va.) said the vote demonstrates that Democrats “just don’t get it” and “are still not ready to listen” to the American people after getting thumped on Nov. 2. He suggested that House Republicans will pursue another vote on the matter when the new Congress convenes next year, when the outcome is likely to be different. “If the Democrat majority wants to continue to ignore the will of the people that’s their prerogative, but the new Republican majority will not follow suit next year,” he said.
NPR spokeswoman Anna Christopher tells NRO in a statement: “Today, good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news.”
I particularly enjoyed this paragraph:
In an increasingly fractious media environment, public radio’s value in fostering an informed society has never been more critical. Our growing audience shows that we are meeting that need. It is imperative for federal funding to continue to ensure that this essential tool of democracy remains available to all Americans and thrives well into the future.