Congressmen Skewer the GOP-Led Vote to De-Fund NPR

By now you've probably heard that the House voted to bar federal funding for National Public Radio yesterday, with Republicans arguing, among other things, that NPR doesn't deserve federal funding because most of its listeners are college-educated (really!) and that it will survive without the government dollars. (It's true that NPR will likely survive without federal funding, which makes up a relatively tiny portion of its overall funding stream. However, affiliates in rural areas could be deeply affected, which is what led Nancy Pelosi to tweet yesterday that de-funding NPR could lead to the loss of some 9,000 jobs. Republicans, the party of "jobs jobs jobs"...)

Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner of New York took to the House floor to deliver a hilarious and characteristically fiery take-down of the vote. (He's really been on fire lately fighting the Republicans' absurd agenda.) His voice dripping with sarcasm, Weiner noted, "What a relief. I'm glad we got the economy back going. I'm so glad we secured our nuclear power plants. So glad Americans are going back to work. We discovered a target we can all agree's [Car Talkhosts] Click and Clack." Watch Weiner's speech here:

Another Congressman who's unhappy with the move is the famously libertarian Ron Paul, who blasted the GOP (his own party) for voting to save the country a measly $10 million while the very expensive war in Afghanistan rages on. Watch Paul's impassioned speech here:

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at March 18, 2011, 3:55am

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