House Committee Hopes to Cut NPR Funding

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Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee have proposed a budget that would end funding for National Public Radio.

The government gives the Corporation for Public Broadcasting more than $445 million a year to fund NPR and PBS

NPR has long been a target of conservatives, who contend the national radio network promotes a liberal agenda.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers, R-Ky., said excessive and wasteful spending over the years has put many programs and agencies on "an irresponsible and unsustainable fiscal path."

CBN News spoke with Tim Graham of the Media Research Center for more analysis on the challenges to NPR's funding. Click play to watch.

"To protect critical programs and services that many Americans rely on -- especially in this time of fiscal crisis -- the bill takes decisive action to cut duplicative, inefficient and wasteful spending to help get these agency budgets onto sustainable financial footing," Rogers explained.

NPR's president and chief executive officer Vivian Schiller resigned under pressure in March after she was caught on camera criticizing Republicans and calling members of the Tea Party racist.

NPR hired Schiller's replacement this week. Gary Knell, 57, the former CEO of Sesame Workshop, says he wants to "depoliticize" NPR by highlighting its commitment to hard-hitting journalism.

He begins work Dec. 1.

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