Democrats Block Attempt to Kill NPR Funding
Eric Cantor says Republicans will try again next year
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2010 2:56 PM CST
House Republican leader John Boehner of Ohio, right, accompanied by House GOP Whip Eric Cantor of Va., talk Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, in his office on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – House Republicans today failed in their attempt to strip funding from National Public Radio over the Juan Williams scandal, the Hill reports. But Eric Cantor suggested the battle isn't over: "If the Democrat majority wants to continue to ignore the will of the people that’s their prerogative, but the new Republican majority will not follow suit next year."

The GOP put the proposal into play via its "YouCut" program, in which the public votes on spending cuts online. Winners are inserted as a procedural vote into an unrelated piece of legislation—in this case, a teleworking bill. Democrats easily blocked it and sent the overall bill on its way. The Huffington Post has more.

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professortech
Nov 19, 2010 8:46 AM CST
The most interesting aspect to me of this story is not the cut NPR funding lead it's the "you cut" program where Americans vote on line and then the Republicans submit legislation to carry out to the "will of the people". Did anybody outside of the conservative demographic know about this? I googled Newser and there are no stories featuring this innovative way of legislating by selective polling even though from the "youcut" site. http://republicanwhip.house.gov/YouCut / it appears that the they have been conducting this legislating by poll for about 13 weeks. It also appears that they are content with letting just a few hundred thousand anonymous online posters set the agenda for the nation. I think we need some ambitious Newser member out there to do a "newser by users" story on this You Cut site, it's issue selection process and it's implications. I sort of picture DLY (Mrs. K, etc.) and Doctor-Zaius (My-Name- Here, etc) submitting stories from each of their perspectives and then seeing which one gets posted. Are you up to the challenge Kids?
YoudLikeThis
Nov 19, 2010 7:23 AM CST
So now the Democrats are the party of No.
micropolitan
Nov 19, 2010 1:34 AM CST
I like what the "new" republicans are doing...it just means they have two years or less left in office....That's an easy countdown!!!...And because they promise to give Pres. Obama the hardest two years of his presidency, it will almost guarantee that the American Public will vote in another Democrat into the Presidency........along with another majority....these collective racist make my trigger finger twitch........