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Debate on Hill ‘veto’ of FCC slated

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The Senate begins debate Monday afternoon on Sen. Byron Dorgan's "legislative
veto" of the Federal Communications Commission’s relaxed broadcast-ownership
rules.

Each side of the issue will have three hours to argue its case, and a vote
will be held Tuesday.

The North Dakota Democrat's measure would roll back all of the FCC rule changes
enacted in June, which include lifting the national TV-ownership cap to 45% of
television households, loosening newspapaer cross-ownership restrictions and
making it easier to own multiple TV stations in a market.

Although Dorgan’s "veto" stands a good chance of Senate passage, House leaders
appeared dead-set against bringing the measure to a vote on their side of Capitol
Hill.

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