The Washington Times - March 17, 2011, 05:01PM

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, New York Democrat, went to the floor of the House on Thursday to argue against the bill that would remove federal funding of NPR. Ms. Slaughter equated the defunding of NPR to killing Sesame Street characters like Big Bird, Bert, and Ernie. The bill to de-fund NPR passed the House 228 to 192.