(The Hill) — The Obama administration on Thursday said it “strongly opposes” a House measure that would permanently defund NPR, but stopped short of making a veto threat.
The administration publicized its stance on the Republican-sponsored bill just a few hours before the House is expected to vote on it. In lieu of the move to ban funding, the Obama administration noted that the president’s budget calls for “targeted reductions” to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the main federal funding arm for NPR and the Public Broadcasting Service.
“The administration strongly opposes House passage of H.R. 1076, which would unacceptably prohibit federal funding of National Public Radio (NPR) and the use of Federal funds by public radio stations to acquire radio content,” reads a statement from the Office of Management and Budget.
Should the bill pass Congress, the statement indicates that the president might not sign it into law, though the administration did not say specifically how President Obama would handle the bill.
But it remains unclear if the Democrat-controlled will pass the measure if the House advances it, let alone bring it up for a vote.