Statement by Senator Hutchison on Senate Passage of Bill to Shift DTV Transition Date to June 12

January 29, 2009



WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate tonight unanimously approved legislation to shift the nation’s digital television transition from February 17, 2009 to June 12, 2009.  Following are excerpts from a floor statement by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:

“Sen. Rockefeller and I, as the Chairman and the Ranking Member of Commerce Committee, have worked on a bill that will delay for three months, basically until June 12, this transition. It also allows people to apply even if they have coupons that are expired.  They can reapply and get coupons.  But Mr. President, I do want to serve notice that I will not support another delay in implementation.  By now, people, have had the notice and we’ve done everything to mitigate the cost of this transition. I’ve talked with Senator Rockefeller about that and I think we are in agreement that now is the time for people to get their coupons and boxes because on June 12 this transition will be made.”




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