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NPR Defunding Passes U.S. House

Seven Republicans voted to keep the money coming

Federal funding for NPR would end under a bill that has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Associated Press said the vote was 228 to 192 along “mainly partisan lines.” It said seven GOP members voted against. The legislation would bar federal funding of NPR and block local public stations from using federal money for NPR dues and programs, AP reported.

The defunding effort is unlikely to go much further anytime soon, given the makeup of the Senate and the opposition of the White House; however it’s another example of how quickly public broadcasting’s foothold in Washington has gone from seemingly entrenched to seemingly shaky, particularly in radio, where NPR has had to defend itself against heightened criticisms of political bias and just recently seen its CEO step down suddenly.

NPR has posted the AP account here.