The day the earth stood still.
U.S. Rep. Mike Ross voted against the House-passed bill to end federal support for National Public Radio.
Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack — the Arkansas Republican troika — voted to take the money away.
UPDATE: To cover this apostasy, Ross zipped out a news release announcing he'd be co-chairing a Second Amendment Task Force to "defend" the 2nd Amendment. Who knew it was under attack? To come: Ross news releases saying he's joined task forces to protect Congress from queers, Muslims and anyone who doesn't believe that the Bible is literally true. God, guns and gays have never failed Mike Ross before. He may announce an anti-flag-burning task force, too.
I love Anthony Weiner.
ROSS NEWS RELEASE
WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman Mike Ross, D-Ark., issued the following statement today after voting against H.R. 1076, a bill to defund National Public Radio, calling it a partisan gimmick that does nothing to save taxpayers money. The bill passed the U.S. House of Representatives on a vote 228-192 and must now be considered by the Senate and the President.
H.R. 1076 would not only prohibit federal funding for National Public Radio, but it would also stop all public radio stations from using federal dollars to acquire any radio content. Also, not a single hearing was held on the issue and the Republican leadership ignored its promise to post every bill at least 72 hours before they are voted on the House floor.
Statement by U.S. Congressman Mike Ross, D-Ark.:
“The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has said this bill will produce no savings for taxpayers and will not reduce the deficit. On top of that, this bill will hurt over 900 public radio stations, particularly stations in rural areas where there are fewer news outlets and where federal funding is key to keeping the stations on air.
“Once again, this is a politically charged attempt to ram through a bill that skirts the real issue at hand, which is finding a long-term solution to our nation’s budget problems. Even if we took it a step further and abolished all nondefense discretionary spending — closing each and every federal program, department, agency and office — we would still run half a trillion dollars in annual deficits. It’s past time to stop the partisan games and have a real conversation about this nation’s fiscal crisis and I look forward to being a commonsense voice in that debate.”