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Rushing to Defund Public Radio

March 16, 2011 - by Donny Shaw

House Republicans today are kicking off a new push to block federal funding for NPR and NPR affiliate stations. They're using the controversy stirred up by an activist's doctored "sting" video to call an emergency meeting of the Rules Committee this afternoon to bring legislation to the floor that would eliminate all federal funding for "non-commercial, educational radio," permanently. The bill, H.R.1706, hasn't received a single hearing and it has not gone through the committee mark-up process that is where most of the real work on bills typically takes place. It's been drafted in the past few days since the video broke and it's being rushed to a vote while the controversy is still hot.

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