House Votes to Cut NPR Funding amid Scandal

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The House voted Thursday in favor of a bill that would eliminate taxpayer funding for National Public Radio.

Pressure to cut NPR's government funding increased last week after an executive for the media company was caught on video criticizing the Tea Party and claiming NPR didn't need federal money to operate.

About $8 million in taxpayer funds went to NPR last year.

The bill -- approved by a 228-192 vote -- would also prohibit local stations from using federal dollars to pay NPR dues.

The legislation will likely face opposition from Democratic majority in the Senate.

The White House released a statement saying the Obama administration is strongly opposed to the bill.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., sponsored the measure. He said the funding cut is necessary and won't result in a loss of NPR programming.

"It is time for American citizens to stop funding an organization that can stand on its own feet," Lamborn said Thursday.

"I believe that they can survive, even thrive, in the free market without the crutch of government subsidies," he also said.

Since the undercover video was released March 8, both the executive and NPR's president have resigned.

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