A pair of Republican lawmakers are trying to revive efforts to end funding for public broadcasting.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., and Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., are seeking signatures for letters calling on Congress to axe funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
"As you know, our country is more than $15 trillion in debt," they write. "We simply cannot afford to continue funding all of the programs that we have in the past."
The letters call the $445 million CPB budget an "enormous" cost for taxpayers to shoulder.
Both lawmakers have long fought to end such funding for public broadcast stations, often citing tight budgets and perceived bias.
Last year the House passed a resolution introduced by Lamborn to defund NPR. Since 1995 he has repeatedly proposed bills to strip CPB of its public funding.
DeMint, who is in line to become ranking member or chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, has also pushed for similar bills.
But public broadcasting enjoys broad support and those efforts have faltered.
"Indeed, for nine years running the public has ranked PBS as the best expenditure of taxpayer dollars after only one other agency -- the Department of Defense," said Josh Stearns of the media reform group Free Press.