Senate Rejects House CR with FCC, CPB Cuts
Bill would have defunded the net neutrality rules
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 3/9/2011 6:32:52 PM
The House had approved the bill before the President's Day break last month, which would have funded the government through September but with 60 billion or so in Republican-backed budget cuts. When it was clear that was not going to get approved before the March 4 expiration of the last continuing resolution, a two-week stopgap CR was passed with a handful of cuts--including to some broadband stimulus funding through the Department of Agriculture--but none of the above cuts.
Congress must still agree on a new CR, either short-term again of the longer-term version, by March 18, when the current CR runs out.
Then, of course, it must eventually pass an appropriations bill, which it has been trying to do since last year.
Pointing to the network neutrality-blocking amendment among others, the ACLU said of the vote: "The Senate has done the right thing by blocking passage of this breathtaking assault on Americans' civil liberties. Moving forward, as congressional leaders determine next steps on federal funding in the days ahead, it is crucial that they protect Americans' rights and keep the House's troubling provisions out of the final bill."
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