Colorado Lawmaker Seeks To Defund PBS, NPR
Representative Doug Lamborn, a Republican from Colorado wants to strip National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System of their funding.
Stating they are both "wasteful" and that:
"it has also violated the conscience rights of many conservative and religious Americans."
Lamborn's displeasure stems in part from a recent children's cartoon depicting same-sex marriage. He goes on to say that both NPR and PBS have been offending religious and conservative taxpayers and he feels they do not want to continue to see the federal government pay for messages he feels children shouldn't be seeing or hearing.
He goes on to say:
"The Constitution does not grant the federal government the authority to subsidize any media conglomerate. Let’s bring an end to forcing Americans to subsidize media programming that is unconstitutional."
PBS, which began in 1969 and is celebrating its 50th year, brings programming like Sesame Street and NOVA to most residents in the United States.
National Public Radio started in 1970.
The bill is currently before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.