03/17/11

Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) today released the following statement after voting against legislation that would prohibit federal funding for National Public Radio (NPR).

“At a time when the American people want Congress to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and reduce the deficit, this bill to defund NPR fails on all three counts. This is yet another example of legislating by temper tantrum where House Republicans seek to eliminate anything they do not like. Whether it’s the effort to gut family planning, foreclosure prevention assistance, or now public radio, House Republicans continue to put the far right over what is right.

“NPR is a national treasure that has established itself as one of America’s most reliable news sources. Yet this legislation would negatively impact 414 stations across the country, especially those in rural areas where public radio is the main source of news. These 414 stations account for a total of 7,800 jobs. Two of them—KQED and KCSM—are in my district.

“Speaking of jobs, it’s now St. Patrick’s Day and House Republicans have yet to bring forward a single piece of legislation aimed at putting the American people back to work. Maybe with the luck of the Irish we’ll see a jobs bill before Easter.”

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