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Law Makers Urge Super Committee to Include D Block and Funding for Public Safety Broadband

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Congressman Peter King (R-NY) and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) were joined by more than 40 uniformed public safety officials and dozens more supporters to urge members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or Super Committee, to include S.911 language to allocate the D block spectrum within the 700 MHz band to public safety and to provide for $11 billion for construction of the Public Safety Broadband Network.

The Super Committee is mandated to provide a comprehensive proposal to Congress by November 23rd to reduce the federal deficit by more than $1.5 trillion dollars over the next 10 years. The House and Senate will then have until December 23rd to vote on the Super Committee’s proposal on an up and down vote without the possibility of changes in amendment.

Senator Schumer assured the crowd that, if the Super Committee does not succeed in including S.911, he and his colleagues would look to attach the bill to any legislative vehicle they could, including possible omnibus appropriations bills that will be required to continue to fund the government.

Members of the Public Safety Alliance (PSA) leadership were on hand and several spoke including: MCC’s Chief Christopher Moore, San Jose, CA Police Department, MCC’s Deputy Chief Charles Dowd of the New York City Police Department, NSA’s Sheriff Paul Fitzgerald of Story County, Iowa, IAFC’s Fire Chief Charles Werner of Charlottesville, Virginia and IACP’s Chief James R. Craze of the Greenbelt, Maryland Police Department.

The PSA also conducted meetings with members or staff of the Super Committee and the House Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

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