Sens. Cruz, Thune Release Statement on Looming Expiration of Spectrum Auction Authority

February 16, 2023

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — U.S. Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and John Thune (R-S.D.), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband, today released the following joint statement ahead of the March 9th expiration of the Federal Communications Commission’s spectrum auction authority:

“With the looming March 9 deadline for spectrum auction authority, we are committed to developing a spectrum proposal that achieves the greatest value possible for American taxpayers while protecting our national security interests. But developing a spectrum proposal is complex, which is why lawmakers shouldn’t rush into a bad deal just to secure any deal.

“A successful outcome on spectrum will maximize use of this finite resource, which is critical to economic growth and international leadership.  We look forward to working with our Senate and House colleagues to craft common-sense legislation that will protect taxpayers, meet the challenge of the moment, and put the United States on a path for economic success and progress.”