House Poised to Vote on DTV Delay Bill
Tomorrow the House will have another chance to delay the transition to digital television by four months.
Last week the Senate first passed a bill to postpone the switch from Feb. 17 to June 12. Two days later, House Republicans blocked the bill from getting the two-thirds majority needed to pass under the rules applied to the legislation, even though the majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the delay.
But on Thursday the Senate passed the same bill that had failed in the House, which sends the legislation back to the House floor for a second vote, this time under regular rules. That means it will only need a simple majority to pass.
Capitol Hill Democrats say a delay is needed to give consumers more time to prepare and make sure everyone who needs a coupon will get one for a converter box. Republicans have argued that delaying the switch will cost millions for broadcasters who have already made expensive preparations for the switch and just cause more confusion for TV viewers.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) asked the House Rules Committee to grant a "closed rule" for the bill, which would limit debate to one hour and would not allow amendments to be added. However, top Republicans could try to send the bill back to committee, again drawing out the process.
February 3, 2009; 8:12 PM ET
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