Obama First Loss: DTV Postponement, DENIED

It is no secret that Obama & Company® wanted to postpone the February 17th switch from analog to digital TV broadcasts.

President-elect Barack Obama’s transition team on Thursday asked Congress to consider postponing the upcoming national switch to digital television, warning that more congressional action is needed to address potential problems.

In a letter sent to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee, transition co-chair John Podesta called funding in support of the switch “woefully inadequate,” The Washington Post reported.

The [Podesta] letter stated “there is “insufficient support” for the problems consumers will experience during the shut-off of analog signals…With coupons unavailable, support and education insufficient, and the most vulnerable Americans exposed [HUH??], I urge you to consider a change to the legislatively-mandated analog cutoff date”

However, DTV transition in Hawaii has already taken place (1/15/09) and the conclusion is that it was a success. “There were no major surprises,” says Hawaii Association of Broadcasters President Chris Leonard.

Like diligent little legislative lemmings, the democrats introduced a bill and today it failed to pass. While not an outright failure by not receiving a 2/3 majority, it is a failure no less.

Now is a good time to thank every House member who voted against delaying the transition. Specifically, I would like to point out Joe Barton (R-TX CD-6) who took the fight to the democrats and prevailed.

“In my opinion, we could do nothing worse than to delay this transition date…
The bill is a solution looking for a problem that exists mostly in the mind of the Obama administration. —LINK

I also want to point out that 22 house republicans who voted for this bill. You all should be ashamed of this disgraceful showing.

Get on the conservative team or just switch parties already.

Aderholt (AL-4) Bilirakis (FL-9) Buchanan (FL-13) Diaz-Balart, L. (FL-21) Diaz-Balart, M.(FL-25) Duncan (TN-2) Emerson (MO-8) Fortenberry (NE-1) Jones (NC-3) LaTourette (OH-14) LoBiondo (NJ-2) McHugh (NY-23) McClintock (CA-4) Petri (WI-6) Posey (FL-15) Roe (TN-1) Rogers (AL-3) Rogers (KY-5) Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18) Sensenbrenner (WI-5) Smith (NJ-4) Turner (OH-3)