Subcommittee Republicans Want to Defund National Public Radio

Senators Richard Shelby (R-AL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter today stating their intention to “look at all available appropriations vehicles to discontinue funding directly related to NPR programming,” according to a press release. 

The letter was sent to Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), who chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS). The subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Senator Shelby is Ranking Member on the subcommittee while Senators Graham and Johnson are members.

According to the letter, NPR receives funding through the subcommittee’s appropriations bill by way of “the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s system support account, radio programming and community service grants.” 

NPR received roughly $2.9 million in the fiscal year 2010 Labor/HHS Appropriations bill and it is our intention to work with our colleagues to terminate funding for NPR. 

Read the full letter here.

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