House bill H.R.1076—
To prohibit Federal funding of National Public Radio and the use of Federal funds to acquire radio content—passed with all 192 Democrat members voting against.
After the vote, the idea was expressed of the importance of NPR to underserved rural areas:
A Democratic leadership aide said that, on the NPR vote, Republicans underestimated "the importance of public radio in rural areas, where there's not a lot of coverage."
"This senseless bill would have a devastating impact on Western North Carolina and other rural areas, where funding for public radio is already scarce and stations depend on federal funding to stay on air," [Rep. Heath Shuler (D-N.C.)] said in a statement shortly after Thursday's vote.
It is true that rural areas tend to be under served but the main point is the biased viewpoint coloring NPR's reportage which makes reform of NPR all the more critical. And, until NPR reforms its programming to remove the blatant Progressive/leftist bias, the taxpayers should not be expected to fund them.