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Judiciary votes down Cannon-Conyers, 19-15

Wed, 06/13/2001 - 8:00pm
Anne Kerven

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday defeated 19 to 15 the Cannon-Conyers bill. HR2120 was sponsored by representatives Chris Cannon (R-Utah) and John Conyers (D-Mich.) in response to provisions of the Tauzin-Dingell bill.

Observers say the outcome of the two bills will determine the industries' antitrust issues and how those will be handled in the future.

The Cannon-Conyers Package, a set of bills intended to strengthen requirements of the 1996 Telecom Act that require RBOCs to open the local markets to competitors, went to the Judiciary Committee May 22.

A committee spokesman told CEDaily the vote shows the group was split, but there was no cut-and-dried reason it was voted down.

The vote coincided with the committee's urging that the Tauzin-Dingell bill, HR1542, be voted down. The committee reported unfavorably on the bill, but reported favorably on an amendment by Chair F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.).

Sensenbrenner says in a statement he is pleased his amendment "improved this legislation. However, this legislation contains many other provisions in need of improvement that the referral did not allow us to address. Because of this, the Committee formed a strong bipartisan consensus against the Tauzin-Dingell legislation."

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