House approves end to federal funding for NPR


WASHINGTON (AP)

The House on Thursday voted to end federal funding to National Public Radio. Republican supporters said it made good fiscal sense, and Democratic opponents called it an ideological attack that would deprive local stations of access to programs such as "Car Talk" and "All Things Considered."

The bill, passed 228-192 along mainly partisan lines, would bar federal funding of NPR and prohibit local public stations from using federal money to pay NPR dues and buy its programs.

The prospects of support in the Democratic-controlled Senate are slim.

Seven Republicans broke ranks to vote against the bill.

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