Federal Relations

March 17, 2011

House Votes to Defund NPR

In a 228-192 vote, the House passed a bill today that will prohibit federal funding for National Public Radio. The vote, which fell mostly along party lines, came after a week-long strong push by the Republican party following the release of tapes by a conservative activist who secretly filmed NPR executives criticizing the Tea Party. The resolution also will prohibit NPR from using federal funding to buy programming.

National Public Radio reaches approximately 27 million listeners each week. Approximately 2 percent of NPR’s funding comes from federally sponsored competitive grants.

WA Delegation voting for this bill: McMorris Rodgers, Herrera Beutler, and Hastings

WA Delegation voting against this bill: Reichert, Dicks, Inslee, Larsen, McDermott, and Smith