Rockefeller More Committed Than Ever to Public Safety Network Plan

August 1, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement after provisions to authorize the Federal Communications Commission to conduct voluntary incentive auctions and create a public safety communications network for first responders were dropped from a final debt relief deal:

“I am disappointed that the House failed to make communications safer and more reliable for first responders.  We had hoped that a version of our legislation would have been in the deficit package this week.  Despite that setback, I will continue to fight to make sure that by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 we have this bill signed into law.”