NPR hails 'good judgment' in Congress for voting down funding cuts

NPR hailed the "good judgment" of lawmakers on Thursday who rejected an effort to cut funding for public radio.

NPR hailed a failed vote by Congress to cut off its funding through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), which funds both NPR and PBS.

"Today, good judgment prevailed as Congress rejected a move to assert government control over the content of news," NPR said in a statement.

"The proposal to prohibit public radio stations from using CPB grants to purchase NPR programming is an unwarranted attempt to interject federal authority into local station program decision-making," the network added. "Furthermore, restrictions on the authority of CPB — a Congressionally chartered, independent non-profit organization — make competitive grants to NPR, or any other public broadcasting entity, is misguided."

Republicans had pushed a vote to defund NPR as part of their "YouCut" program. That resolution had been offered as a reaction to the network's firing of Juan Williams over remarks he made as a contributor to Fox News.

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