WASHINGTON, D.C. - An area senator wants to cut all federal funding to NPR and PBS to help with the national deficit. Oklahoma's Tom Coburn filled that bill Friday - saying the programing is spending the nation can live without.
"When the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is head of all our military, reporting to our civilian officials, says the greatest threat to this count is our debt, we ought to wake up and pay attention to it," he said.
Coburn says the cuts should be pretty painless because NPR only gets 2 percent of it's funding from the federal government and PBS gets 15 percent. But locals say smaller stations like Amarillo's will take the biggest hit because they lack other forms of sponsership.