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Colorado Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette railed Thursday against the effort led by Colorado Republican Rep. Doug Lamborn to strip federal funding from National Public Radio. “The bill threatens almost 9,000 jobs in the broadcasting community and, frankly, is an unwarranted attack on the content of public radio," she said, adding that it was another bill the GOP-controlled House had introduced this session to make partisan points but that failed to address stubbornly high unemployment levels and the struggling economy.
On the floor of the U.S. House today, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner mock-congratulated Republican leadership for fast-tracking Colorado Rep. Doug Lamborn's proposal to strip National Public Radio of federal funding for programming. "I'm so relieved we held this emergency session, that we waived the rules of the House... so we can finally get [the Car Talk] guys off my radio." Weiner said the NPR Car Talk auto-maintenance comedy show was clearly "kinky" and "communist" and chided Republicans for doing the will of voters in placing the war on NPR at the top of their list of how to best serve the country.
Colorado Republican Congressman Doug Lamborn has come out strong this year against earmarks. He joined the Tea Party caucus dedicated to fighting government waste and he enthusiastically signed onto the GOP House pledge against earmarking, or the practice of tacking on projects to legislation in order to deliver tax money to favored constituencies and causes. Lamborn wrote an editorial for his hometown Colorado Springs Gazette against earmarks last Saturday, a feel good Thanksgiving treat for the Gazette's conservative readers. He left out the fact that he has been earmark crazy since he arrived in Washington in 2007.