emergency session to expedite a bill to ban federal funds from going to NPR. The bill was then quickly passed in the House by a vote of 228-to-192. All the Democrats who were present and seven Republicans voted against the bill, which has no chance of even reaching the floor of the Senate. Another symbolic vote to appease the Republican base and, as a New York Times editorial stated, to send a "punitive message" to an organization that is considered liberal by the right.
Rep. Anthony Weiner (Dem-NY) treated the Republicans' action with an appropriate measure of sarcasm: