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.