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C-SPAN: Be there for public broadcasting vote today

None of this is etched in stone, but here's the way the debate and vote on de-funding National Public Radio are supposed to play out in the House Thursday. And if you want to see it, C-SPAN is the place to be. C-SPAN will be wired in all day.

House would take up the rule for the National Public Radio de-funding bill, which gets an hour of debate, followed by a likely vote on the rule. This could occur around 1:30pm.

Then the House would debate the NPR de-funding bill itself for up to one hour of general debate, followed by a final vote about 3 p.m. This is in keeping with their goal to end legislative business by mid-afternoon.

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So, really, go to C-SPAN and stay there Thursday, if you care about public broadcasting and want the latest on the move to zero out funding for it in Congress.

UPDATE 1:12 p.m. -- The debate on de-funding NPR is about to begin on C-SPAN. The actual vote is expected at 2:30 p.m.

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UPDATE: 1:33 p.m. -- Debate fully underway. U.S. Rep Henry Waxman (D-California) opposing the bill right now. Saying it is "vindicative" and ideologically-driven from the right. U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) is leading the push to de-fund.

I will be watching and writing about it. And I am going to have more to say about all the folks in Washington these days who talk a good game of transperancy -- and then do their best to keep C-SPAN cameras out of their proceedings. But that's another blog post.


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