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DTV Update: Fast-track Effort Fails in House

Posted by: Stephen Wildstrom on January 28, 2009

An effort by the Democratic leadership to ram a four-month delay in the shutdown of analog television broadcasts through the House failed Wednesday in the face of Republican opposition. The set-back, however, should only be temporary.

The bill, which would have moved the analog cutoff date from Feb. 17 to June 12, was brought to the floor under “suspension of the rules,” a procedure that requires a two-thirds majority for passage. But with 155 Republicans and 13 Democrats voting against it, the bill fell26 votes short of the required supermajority.

The leadership will probably now bring up the bill, which passed the Senate on Tuesday, under regular order, meaning that only a simple majority will be needed to pass it.

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