Rockefeller Statement on Public Safety Network

December 14, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV issued the following statement today: 

“I’m disappointed that the House has unilaterally stopped negotiating with us on spectrum, but I’m not giving up.  It’s my hope that we can include a compromise in the final year-end package.  Although I don’t care to negotiate this publicly, we remain open to any good idea.  One area I won’t compromise on though is the urgency of building a nationwide interoperable network for our first responders and the public safety community.  It’s a bipartisan idea, a national priority and a plan well within our reach.  Frankly, the rest of the spectrum debate is secondary to the needs of our firefighters, cops, and emergency workers.”