DeMint, Coburn Introduce Bill to Defund NPR, PBS

Senators Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced legislation today “to stop taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television,” according to a press release.

The release notes that Senator DeMint is a “member of the Senate Commerce Committee that oversees the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB).”

CPB-funded television and radio programs are distributed through National Public Radio (NPR) and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). Since 2001, CPB has received nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money.

The following list, compiled by the Congressional Research Service, was provided which lists “federal funding for CPB over the years.”

  • 2001: $340 million
  • 2002: $350 million
  • 2003: $362.8 million
  • 2004: $377.8 million
  • 2005: $386.8 million
  • 2006: $396 million
  • 2007: $400 million
  • 2008: $393 million
  • 2009: $400 million
  • 2010: $420 million
  • 2011: $430 million

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