Tauzin to Hollings: No Thanks


House Commerce Committee chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.) has no intention of
testifying on his broadband legislation before a potentially hostile Senate
Commerce Committee March 20.

'Billy's been a hunter too long not to know a bear trap when he sees one. He
has no intention of seeing his head hang on the wall somewhere over in the
Senate,' Tauzin spokesman Ken Johnson said.

Tauzin was invited to testify by committee chairman Sen. Fritz Hollings
(D-S.C.), a vocal opponent of the bill (H.R. 1542) co-sponsored by Tauzin and
Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.).

The bill would deregulate the broadband services of the Baby Bell phone
companies. It passed the House last week by a 273-157 vote.

Tauzin, Johnson said, would consider a Senate appearance if he could get a
fair hearing from Hollings.

'But he is not walking into an ambush,' Johnson added.