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March 17--  U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-09), member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after voting for H.R. 1076, which prohibits taxpayer funding of National Public Radio [NPR]:

 “With our nation’s debt exceeding $14 trillion, it’s blatantly irresponsible to spend taxpayer dollars on a self sufficient organization like NPR.  In fact, NPR’s website explains in detail how federal funding is of little consequence, saying a ‘small number of competitive grants’ amount to ‘approximately 2% of overall revenues.’  Indeed, NPR will be free to use its public donations, corporate sponsorships, and $225 million private endowment to compete in the media marketplace without draining tax dollars.

“So, the family-style belt tightening continues with the passage of H.R. 1076, and the Republican House Majority again leads the way in making government more efficient and responsible with tax dollars.  Sacred cows are an endangered species these days, and it’s a hopeful sign for hardworking taxpayers that future prosperity is winning out over the wasteful projects of the past.”

Even though the House has passed the cuts, the White House issued a statement this afternoon opposing any cuts to NPR.