Accusing House Republicans of “a political stunt,” Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler voted against a bill that would strip National Public Radio of all federal funding. The measure passed the House of Representatives 228-192.
“This senseless bill would have a devastating impact on Western North Carolina and other rural areas, where funding for public radio is already scarce and stations depend on federal funding to stay on air,” Shuler said, in an announcement from his office. The statement adds that the proposed legislation would harm local stations such as WCQS and WNCW that receive such funding.
“I am disappointed that House Republicans chose focus their efforts in Washington this week on a political stunt rather than creating jobs or reducing the deficit,” Shuler’s statement reads. “Public radio has long provided our communities with high-quality programming and information, and I continue to support federal funding for NPR and its local affiliate stations.”
The legislation stripping NPR of federal funding would still have to pass the Democratic-controlled Senate and overcome a likely Presidential veto.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter