Senate votes down bid to end cellphone subsidies

03/26/2013 | Hill, The

Senate Democrats on Monday turned back a nonbinding Republican proposal to end the federal "Lifeline" program for cellphone service as part of the Universal Service Fund in a chiefly party-line vote, with one exception. The vote, offered as an amendment to a budget resolution, would have offered a signal of Senate intent on the issue. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said the agency has taken steps to correct abuses in the program extended to cellphones under President George W. Bush in 2005.

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