DeMint, Coburn Introduce Bill to Defund National Public Radio, PBS
MOVE WILL SAVE FOUR BILLION DOLLARS
Two Republican senators on Friday introduced a bill to stop
taxpayer subsidies to public radio and television.
Since 2001, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has received
nearly $4 billion in taxpayer money for National Public Radio (NPR)
and the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said with the
nation on the brink of bankruptcy, some decisions to cut spending
are difficult -- but not this one:
"Americans struggling to make ends meet shouldn't be forced to fund
public broadcasting when there are already thousands of choices for
educational and entertainment programming on the television, radio
and Web," DeMint said. "President Obama's own bipartisan debt
commission proposed ending these unnecessary subsidies to public
broadcasting. NPR boasts that it only gets 2 percent of its funding
from taxpayers and PBS gets about 15 percent, so these programs
should be able to find a way to stand on their own."