Hoyer: House DTV vote expected Wednesday, likely followed by 2nd Senate vote

by Mike Reynolds, Multichannel News

According to a spokesperson for House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), a vote to delay the DTV transition date probably will not come until Wednesday. And then it will likely have to go back to the Senate for a re-vote on some small changes, according to a Hill source.

The Senate version of a bill to change the date from Feb. 17 to June 12 passed Monday. That bill is still expected to be debated in the House "on suspension" Tuesday night, said Hoyer spokeswoman Katie Grant, which means limited debate, no amendments, and a two-thirds majority rather than a simple majority is required for passage. Grant said she expects the bill will pass.

But that debate probably won't come until 8 or 9 p.m., after general debate on the economic stimulus package.

The Senate re-vote is over some language "tweaks," as the House source put it, related to technical fixes in budget language and a change in the public safety language.

The $64,000 question is whether Senate Republicans agree those are only tweaks, which may be determined by how many Republicans wind up voting for the House version.

If the tweaks are only that, the Senate could substitute the House bill for its version, approve it, and it would be off to the president's desk for signing. Since he proposed moving the date, that is a pretty safe bet.

article originally published at http://www.multichannel.com/article/162862-DTV_House_Vote_To_Come_Wednesday_Hoye....

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