No, not correct ... there were and still are about 30 or so GOP moderates/RINOs that would not defund NPR, PBS, NEA etc.
too 'extremist' for more moderate members who would run for coer when "Big Bird" came to town. Them + Democrats were a majority on this issue ...
Gingrich and Co never had the votes, also they were ~2 votes shy of defunding NEA. The high water mark was 1995. Anything that survived that year survived period.
I thought so, thank you for for setting the record straight!!!