Reid Trashes House Vote to Defund NPR, Adjourns Senate

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By Josiah Ryan – 03/17/11 07:05 PM ET

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) seized an opportunity Thursday night to criticize a House vote earlier in the day to defund National Public Radio.

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who had come to the floor to congratulate athletes currently competing in the Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska, prompted the majority leader to speak on the topic.

After listening to Murkowski and asking a couple of questions, Reid explained that he had heard a piece about dog racing on NPR.

“They had a really, really good piece on public radio before the start of the race,” explained Reid. “I hesitate saying this because I know I will probably get in trouble, but this is a good reason why the House vote was bad today to defund public radio.”

Reid continued, “The only radio station I can get during the daytime in Searchlight, Nevada is public radio.”

The House on Thursday voted to cut federal funding for National Public Radio after two hours of debate in which Democrats accused Republicans of following through on a political grudge against NPR and Republicans insisted that Congress needs to cut spending by all means possible.

The Senate adjourned at 6:45 p.m. Thursday without finishing the Small Business Administration Authorization act. The Senate is slated to return Monday, March 28.


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