Cantor: 'We Are Going to Proceed' With Defunding NPR

March 9, 2011 - 1:33 PM

Eric Cantor

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)

( - When asked today whether he thought the resignation of National Public Radio CEO Vivian Schiller was a good move, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said that House Republicans will “proceed” with defunding NPR.

“The statements were that NPR realizes it doesn’t need taxpayer funding. That's what the statement was about," Cantor said at a news availability following a meeting of the House Republican Conference. "So perhaps the truth finally came out and we are going to proceed along those lines because that’s what was said and indicated by that organization."

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"As far as individual statements that he made, I think they speak for themselves,” Cantor continued, referring to a video posted by conservative activist James O’Keefe yesterday showing NPR’s Ron Schiller, who also resigned, saying NPR does not need federal funding and calling Republicans and Tea Party members "xenophobic" and "racist.”