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House Companion Resolution Introduced to S.2881

 On March 10, Representative Jerry McNerney (D) of California introduced HR.4809, a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives to Senate Bill 2881, the "FCC Commissioners Technical Resource Act"; which would authorize an engineering staff position for each of the five FCC commissioners.  With a House bill now introduced, the legislation will hopefully move through the committee process in both chambers of Congress.

McNerney’s introduction of the resolution comes after representatives of the Society of Broadcast Engineers met with his Washington staff on March 3.  SBE’s Government Relations Chairman, Barry Thomas, CPBE, CBNT and General Counsel, Chris Imlay, visited offices of several House members over two days to garner support for a companion to the Senate bill introduced in January by Senator Olympia Snowe, (R) Maine and co-sponsored by Senator Mark Warner, (D) of Virginia.

Upon hearing the news of the House resolution, SBE president Vinny Lopez, CEV, CBNT replied, "I am delighted that representative McNerney has chosen to introduce this important legislation on the House side. This bill will go a long way to ensure technical excellence at the highest levels of the Commission."

McNerney is a second term congressmen representing California’s 11th congressional district, which includes a portion of California’s Central Valley.  He has an engineering background and serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and its Sub-Committee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet.

At the time this article was written, the text of the House Resolution was not available.

SBE members are asked to contact your U.S. Representative and Senators and urge them to co-sponsor or at least support House Resolution 4809 and Senate Bill 2881, respectively.  For contact information for your U.S. Representative, go to:  http://www.house.gov/zip/ZIP2Rep.html.  For contact information for your U.S. Senator, go to: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm.

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