Lamborn Introduces Bills to Defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting

January 31, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Lamborn released the following statement following his introduction of two bills, H.R. 726 and H.R. 727, to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and National Public Radio (NPR):

"Republicans and the new Administration need to demonstrate that we take our fiscal responsibility seriously. American taxpayers do not want their hard-earned dollars funding superfluous government programs just because that is the way things have always been done.

That's why I have reintroduced two pieces of legislation to permanently defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and National Public Radio. CPB received $445 million during Fiscal Year 2016, and this money could be put to better use rebuilding our military and enhancing our national security."

-          Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

General Points

With the national debt nearing a staggering $20 trillion, the government cannot continue to subsidize private organizations that are more than capable of being fully privately-funded. 

This is not about content, as CBP certainly airs some quality programs; the point is that it is perfectly capable of standing on its own two feet and not on the financial shoulders of the American taxpayers. 

I have led similar efforts in past Congresses.  During the 112th H.R. my bill H.R. 1076 defunding NPR was passed by the House. 

H.R. 726

1. Prohibits public radio stations from using federal funds to purchase programming from and/or pay dues to NPR 

Current federal law requires that approximately 26% of federal grants to public radio stations be used for the production or acquisition of programming, including programming for national distribution. 

Many stations use these "restricted" grants to purchase programming from NPR. 

Current Corporation for Public Broadcasting Guidelines also allow public radio stations to use their federal grant funding for the payment of dues to NPR. 

Programming fees and dues are the largest single source of NPR revenue, at $81 million in FY2015. 

2. Prohibits direct federal funding of National Public Radio

NPR received approximately $5 million in direct funding in FY16 from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Department of Education, Department of Commerce, and the National Endowment for the arts. 

H..R 727

1. Defunds CPB

American taxpayers subsidized the CPB, the parent organization to NPR, to the tune of $445 million in FY2016 alone. 

This is the same amount CPB has received for the past two fiscal years, and the amount they are scheduled to receive during the next two fiscal years.  

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