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White House Vows to Protect FCC Rules

11/10/2003 9:29 AM Eastern

The White House Monday reaffirmed support for the Federal Communications Commission by threatening to veto any congressionally mandated change to new broadcast-ownership rules the agency adopted in June.

A $38.4 billion spending bill (S. 1585) on the Senate floor this week would block the FCC from raising the TV-station-ownership reach to 45% of U.S. TV households. The old cap of 35% is strongly supported by the National Association of Broadcasters.

"If this provision or a provision like it with respect to any one of the other FCC rules is contained in the final legislation presented to the president, his senior advisors would recommend that he veto the bill," the Office of Management and Budget said in a prepared statement.

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