Moran Stands Against Bill to Defund NPR: Urges Congress to focus to jobs

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    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, issued the following statement on Republican attempts to defund National Public Radio (NPR), legislation which is being debated in the House of Representatives today. The bill, H.R. 1076, would eliminate federal funding to NPR and prohibit local stations across the nation from using federal funds to purchase NPR-developed programming.

    “Public television and radio stations are in virtually every corner of the United States and are valuable community partners, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” said Moran. “Most people like their local NPR station. I like mine. WAMU and WETA are great. But the funding restrictions put forward in this legislation strike at the heart of these great stations. It will cripple their ability to produce local programming.”

    The United States has 900 public radio stations, providing more than 27 million Americans with free over-the-air programming each week. Particularly in rural areas, federal funding is critical for the survival of local stations, as it can comprise as much as 50% of their budgets.

    “This legislation would prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire beloved programs such as This American Life, Prairie Home Companion, Morning Edition, Car Talk, All Things Considered, and many, many others,” Moran continued. “Eliminating funding for NPR would do little to rein in our national debt. It will not create jobs. Let’s stop picking on public radio, use our limited floor time to debate the real issues facing our nation.”

    Rep. Moran’s full statement below:  

    Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Moran, Northern Virginia Democrat, issued the following statement on Republican attempts to defund National Public Radio (NPR), legislation which is being debated in the House of Representatives today. The bill, H.R. 1076, would eliminate federal funding to NPR and prohibit local stations across the nation from using federal funds to purchase NPR-developed programming.

    “Public television and radio stations are in virtually every corner of the United States and are valuable community partners, particularly in rural and underserved areas,” said Moran. “Most people like their local NPR station. I like mine. WAMU and WETA are great. But the funding restrictions put forward in this legislation strike at the heart of these great stations. It will cripple their ability to produce local programming.”

    The United States has 900 public radio stations, providing more than 27 million Americans with free over-the-air programming each week. Particularly in rural areas, federal funding is critical for the survival of local stations, as it can comprise as much as 50% of their budgets.

    “This legislation would prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire beloved programs such as This American Life, Prairie Home Companion, Morning Edition, Car Talk, All Things Considered, and many, many others,” Moran continued. “Eliminating funding for NPR would do little to rein in our national debt. It will not create jobs. Let’s stop picking on public radio, use our limited floor time to debate the real issues facing our nation.”

    Rep. Moran’s full statement below:

    “I strongly oppose H.R. 1076. Our public broadcasting system of stations is a national treasure.

    “Public television and radio stations are in virtually every corner of the United States and are valuable community partners, particularly in rural and underserved areas.

    “They lead the nation in technological and programming innovation. Public broadcasting has been the major developer for accessible media that serves those with vision and hearing impairments.

    “With federal grant funding, NPR collaborated in the development of technology for emergency alerting to the hearing impaired.

    “It’s a function the commercial market wouldn’t explore because it’s not profitable. But more than 36 million hearing impaired in the U.S. can rely on public radio for emergency alerts in times of crisis.

    “Most people like their local NPR station. I like mine. WAMU and WETA are great.

    “But the funding restrictions put forward in this legislation strike at the heart of these great stations. It will cripple their ability to produce local programming.

    “Federal funding for some rural NPR stations makes up nearly 50% of their budget.

    “This legislation would prohibit public radio stations from using federal funds to acquire beloved programs such as This American Life, Prairie Home Companion, Morning Edition, Car Talk, All Things Considered, and many, many others.

    “Public radio stations, serve as a fair and objective news source.

    “Tony Blankley, the conservative syndicated columnist agrees.

    “He has stated “I’ve been on NPR regularly for a very long time. From a personal perspective they have always given me plenty of access, I am clearly a right-wing commentator so I cannot complain. There’s a conservative on and there’s a liberal on, so that’s all fair.”

    “Eliminating funding for NPR would do little to rein in our national debt. It will not create jobs. In fact, 9,000 would be in jeopardy if this passes. Let’s stop picking on public radio and use our limited floor time to debate the real issues facing our nation.”

    • On the other hand, think about how many jobs the Republicans will create by defunding NPR.  Like, uh millions of…uh, thousands of…uh, how about ZERO?!?

    • His lips are moving.