White House Opposes Bill to cut NPR Funding

Mar 17, 2011 1:54pm

ABC News' Tahman Bradley Reports:

The White House weighed in on the battle over NPR funding today.

The Obama administration says it "strongly opposes" passage of H.R. 1076, a bill backed by House Republicans that would eliminate taxpayer funds for National Public Radio. The administration stopped short of promising that President Obama will veto a bill that would cut off the funding.

In a statement sent to reporters, the Obama administration said that undercutting funding for NPR would result in rural communities losing valuable programming and some stations shutting down. "CPB serves an important public purpose in supporting public radio, television, and related online and mobile services," the administration statement said.

Conservatives have long complained that NPR’s news coverage is bias, and taxpayers should not pay for news which they say favors the left. 

Debate about funding heated up earlier this month when conservatives released a video that apparently shows a former NPR executive calling tea party activists racist. The video also shows the former executive, Ron Schiller, suggesting that NPR would be better off without federal funding.

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