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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The House has voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters say it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents calling it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."

The bill, passed along partisan lines, bars federal funding of NPR and prohibits local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs. The prospects of support in the Senate are slim.

Bill sponsor Republican Doug Lamborn of Colorado, said that, with the current budgetary crisis, it was time for NPR to stand on its own. But the White House, in opposing the bill, said it could force some local stations that rely on NPR programs to shut down.


WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- House Republicans are set to vote Thursday to bar federal funding of National Public Radio.

Last month, the House voted to strip NPR's parent organization, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, of all federal funding through the end of the current budget year.

Conservative antagonism toward NPR increased last week after an NPR executive was caught on tape deriding the tea party movement. Both the executive and NPR's president resigned after the incident.

Massachusetts Democrat Jim McGovern said Republicans were engaged in an "ideological battle" in going after NPR. But Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn, the sponsor, said NPR "can survive, even thrive" without government subsidies.

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