Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today after House Republicans voted to prohibit funding of National Public Radio. Republicans also unanimously opposed a Democratic measure to ensure that public broadcast networks continue receiving funds to disseminate AMBER Alerts regarding abducted children:
"Defunding public radio may fulfill a Republican campaign promise, but it does not create jobs and it does nothing to reduce the deficit. What's more, it could endanger our children -- as every House Republican voted to halt funding for radio networks that play a crucial role in alerting the public to missing and abducted children.
"Republicans must join Democrats to create jobs, strengthen the middle class, and responsibly reduce the deficit."