Thursday, January 29, 2009

House fails to pass DTV deadline extension

The US House of Representatives failed to get the 2/3 majority needed to pass a bill that would have delayed the 2/17/09 deadline for analog TV broadcasts. The vote was 258-168 in favor. The Senate passed a similar bill unanimously earlier this week. The 2/3 majority was required in the House because the bill was being considered under a suspension of the rules procedure. The Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) said he intends to bring the bill back next week under regular order, which would require a simple majority to pass.


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