The vote is 228-192, with Democrats joined by seven Republicans in opposition.
Here’s a response from Pat Harrison, CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting:
Today, the House passed a bill that would significantly restrict public broadcasting stations’ ability to acquire programming that they feel best serves the needs of their communities.
“Every day, these stations serve the informational and educational needs of the public with programming that contributes to the health and well-being of the country in a way that would not be possible without federal support. The American people overwhelmingly agree that public broadcasting is a service worthy of the federal investment.
“At a time when international events, such as the recent uprisings in Libya and the earthquake in Japan, have a direct and immediate impact on this country, public media serves as a trusted source for informative, in-depth coverage of international, national and local news. Rather than penalize public broadcasting, the debate should focus on strengthening and supporting this valuable national asset.”
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) mocked the whole bill, saying, I’m glad the Republican party finally said enough of Click and Clack the Tappet brothers. That clearly was what the American people said in Campaign 2010. It’s clearly in their contract with America or something: Get rid of Click and Clack.”
My story below on today’s debate.