Dem. tweaks House Republicans ahead of NPR defunding vote
March 17th, 2011
02:20 PM ET
4 years ago

Dem. tweaks House Republicans ahead of NPR defunding vote

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York, called out Republicans on the House floor Thursday morning for allegedly breaking their own rules, during debate on a measure that would strip federal funding for National Public Radio.

Weiner objected to consideration of the bill, saying it violates a House rule, "which requires 72 hour layover of the bill and it to be electronically noticed in order for it to be considered by the House." He continued, "This bill did not lay over for 72 hours. It was noticed at 1:42 p.m. on Tuesday. Therefore it has to wait until 1:42 on Friday to be in compliance with the rules of the House."

The House vote on the bill was expected mid-afternoon on Thursday.

Weiner then held up a sign with a quote from House Speaker John Boehner and read aloud, "I will not bring a bill to the floor that hasn't been posted online for at least 72 hours." He then prodded Republican Rep. Ted Poe, Texas, who was sitting in the chair, "Would the Speaker please clarify for the body that the 72 hours rule is either being waived or does not exist?"

Poe responded that the rule is not predicated on a number of hours, "but rather on a number of calendar days." He said that since the measure had been electronically available online since Tuesday, that would constitute three calendar days, thus not breaking any rules.

Weiner pushed a little further asking Poe to clarify, "Did this bill age for 72 hours? Yes or no?"

The Speaker said, he would not respond to hypothetical questions.

Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn, who unsuccessfully tried to strip federal funding for NPR last year, introduced the new standalone bill Tuesday. It would bar any of NPR's affiliate radio stations across the country from using any federal funds to purchase any programming from NPR.

According to NPR's website, it provides content to 900 independent stations, reaching 27.2 million listeners every week.

Oregon Democratic Rep Earl Blumenauer circulated a letter to House members Tuesday citing press reports that he said demonstrated the conservative activist who set up the taping, James O'Keefe, "deceptively edited" the video to target NPR.

Blumenauer urged House members to oppose any cuts to NPR funding.

"Every month, more than 170 million Americans tune in to public broadcasting for information about their communities, and recent polling shows that Americans consider federal investment in public broadcasting to be second only to money for our troops as the best use of taxpayer dollars."


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soundoff (39 Responses)
  1. ps

    Hey Republicans, where are the jobs that were such a priority for you last fall.

    This vote is dripping with idealogy and stinks. Votes to strip funding from NPR will not be forgotten in 2012.

    Bring sanity back to our capital.

    March 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  2. The Real Tom Paine

    Well, if you can't it done the right way, screw the rules, eh GOP?

    Did you create any jobs today?

    March 17, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. JasonP

    Go get 'em Ant! hahaha

    March 17, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  4. The Other Dale

    As has been the case for weeks now, the Republicans don't care to bother with their own rules once the grandstanding is over. To the Republicans, Tea-Partiers = suckers.

    March 17, 2011 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. Arun

    The republicans are a joke and need to be taken out of office!!

    March 17, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  6. ConservaFascists/F.U.B.A.R.

    Rep. Weiner is a stand up guy. Republicans set the rules and can't even follow the rules they set. Kind of similar to the law breaking that took place in Wisconsin last week.

    March 17, 2011 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Democratic Rep. Anthony Weiner ...hands down the most competent and honest person in Congress! I wish he represented me, and the citizens that he does represent are so lucky!

    March 17, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  8. Patrick from Minnesota

    NPR is a thorn in the side to the Republican and tea bag agenda. It keeps the population informed.

    March 17, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. MAC

    Why should Congress uphold its own rules when the Federal, State, and Local Goverments do not uphold the Rule of Law in this country ti include immigration and tax laws. Anthony Weiner will do anything to not cut spending on Liberal Special Interest. Any democrat who complains about cutting spending is a hypocrit since the democrats have run the deficit from 2006 to 2010 to greater heights than Bush did his entire 8 years in office. Reoublicans spend like a drunken sailor but democrats spend like a drunken fleet of sailors. NPR is a waste of taxpayer money period! They can make it on their own, MSNBC has.

    March 17, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. kenneth Hauck

    It is not about The NRA just they told use we are going to work on jobs when are they going to stard?b its makeing. The presient look bad. Open your eyes they use the day won.

    March 17, 2011 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. Richard-Missouri

    Who cares? Let the bill wait one more day. What's the difference? As for Blumenauer's comment about "Every month, more than 170 million Americans tune in to public broadcasting for information about their communities...", what he should have said is that "Every month, more than 170 million Americans tune into tax-payer funded, left-leaning, liberal, puclic broadcasting, for misinformation, and a biased, left-wing point of view". Now, libs can argue about Fox news being right-leaning all day long, but FOX is not TAX-PAYER funded radio/television. NPR IS tax-payer funded, and has been proven time and time again to have a liberal BIAS. There is no balance to their message at all. If there was any question about NPR's bias, we would not be considering a bill to de-fund it. And have you noticed the only people who truly seem to be defending NPR's funding are LIBERAL DEMS? Why do you think THAT is? Duh! Take away NPR's PUBLIC, TAX-PAYER funding, then let them say whatever the hell they please. Then they will be on equal footing with FOX news, MSNBC, CNN, etc., as these are all privately owned, and have a right to say whatever they please. And don't give me "The air-waves are publicly owned" nonsense. These companies pay for a license, and are free and clear to say what they want, as long as the content is within FCC guidlines (e.g. – they don't violate obscenity laws). DE-FUND NPR NOW (or wait until Friday, as Representative Weiner suggests). You know, Anthony Weiner's last name is VERY fitting. Anytime I hear him speak, I think to myself, "What a weiner this guy is".

    March 17, 2011 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. Bill

    People are finally seeing republicans what they are – – idelogically driven clowns who will stop at nothing to promote their biased agenda (which by the way has gone nowhere and is going nowhere). All this inflammatory rhetoric and complaining
    works fine in a campaign, but when it comes to governing, it is a far different story.

    March 17, 2011 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom(real one)

    NPR and PBS are brilliant sources of News in the U.S. IF the GOP/Teas would bother to tune-in and LISTEN they would be amazed at what they would LEARN!

    No worries, GOP/Teas, NPR and PBS WILL get ALL the funding it needs from Viewers like my husband and I who will continue to generously support them!

    Why is anyone surprised that the GOP/Teas are attacking the American Workers, PBS, NPR, Teachers, Latinos, etc.?? That's what they do!

    March 17, 2011 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  14. Tony in Maine

    Did the bill age 72 hours is NOT a hypothetical question Tanman. Whadda maroon.

    March 17, 2011 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  15. 4merRepubCT

    In what way was Weiner's question hypothetical? 72 hours is 72 hours – Tuesday to Thursday is only 48 hours. More Repug hypocrisy – not to mention further demonstration as to why education funding should not be cut and that the Repugs can't be honest on the simplest thing. Lies and the lying liars who tell them!

    March 17, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  16. Dan J

    Talk about splitting hairs! This thing has been online since Tuesday! I mean, come on! You have to give the republicans credit: WAAAAY more transparent then the dems were.

    March 17, 2011 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  17. LA, LA, LA

    They are going to pull a Scott Walker on NPR.

    March 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  18. Turnabout is Fair Play

    Gettem Anthony, show the idiotic Right the hypocritical slant of their ways. Expose the "It only applies if it's to our benefit" mindset of the far Right Hannity crowd of Rethugnicans for what it is. PURE HYPOCRISY.

    March 17, 2011 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. Peter

    Where I live, the only station–AM or FM–which does more than a 3 and a half minute fire/murder tabloid newscast is my local NPR station. They were only station covering the results on election night. If they go, I might as well throw my radio away.

    March 17, 2011 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  20. Mah

    I friggin LOVE Anthony Weiner.

    March 17, 2011 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  21. Out Manned Out Gunnedbut still here

    They are so manipulative, vindictive and down right mean spirited. If it's not in their best interest then destroy it.
    You can't burn all the books, destoy all the unions and expect the people to sat and stare. Fool

    March 17, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  22. Seriously?

    Love the fact that he called them out! Just goes to show how the lies flowed during the last election.

    PEOPLE – ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION??? Remember this for the next election.

    March 17, 2011 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If you are a republican, then to hell with the rules. Without having to wait the 72 hours, don't you think the anti middle class republicans could come up with one job creating measure? It has been 11 weeks since the republican circus took over the house. Fire Boner 2012.

    March 17, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  24. Larry L

    The Republican fear of NPR is based on NPR's actual balance in editorial comments and the lack of right-wing spin in the actual news reporting process. The GOP has the modern equivalent of PRAVDA I.K.A. Fox news. Every Republican nut job finds a secure ideological home under the right-wing of Rupert Murdock. Fox news is the official pipeline for the right-wing side of class warfare – the" Voice of Fascist America".

    NPR offers objective reporting, interesting cultural and scientific information, terrific coverage of humanitarian crisis across the globe, and a rare media channel for somebody other than white, hard-core Christian, fear-mongering conservatives.

    March 17, 2011 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  25. LovesIrony

    Rules? Those are for the other guys.

    March 17, 2011 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
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