(WASHINGTON) -- In the wake of an undercover sting by conservative activists that cost two NPR executives their jobs and renewed the debate about public broadcasting in the United States, the House of Representatives will vote Thursday on whether to end funding for NPR.
The House voted earlier this year to end funding for all public broadcasting. Both measures have run into resistance in the Senate.
The bill bars stations from using their federal grants to pay for NPR programing.
"The government doesn't have to be subsidizing the media," says bill sponsor and Colorado Republican Doug Lamborn. "No one's saying let's eliminate them and make them go away. We're just saying, let them survive and stand on their own."
NPR supporters are hoping the GOP effort will work in their favor.
"That's one thing that the Doug Lamborn's do," says Wayne Roth, who runs an NPR station in Seattle.
Roth says he expects a spike in donations, "but it's not a permanent funding solution."
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