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March 2, 2018
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on House, Senate Agreement on RAY BAUM'S Act

WASHINGTON, DC -- In response to an announced agreement between House and Senate Commerce Committee leadership on RAY BAUM’S Act, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“NAB applauds Chairmen Walden and Thune and Ranking Members Pallone and Nelson on reaching this agreement, a significant step towards fully reimbursing broadcaster ‘repack’ relocation expenses. We also appreciate the leadership of Senators Moran, Schatz and their cosponsors whose Viewer and Listener Protection Act demonstrated bipartisan consensus to solve this critical issue.

"A truly voluntary incentive auction means tens of millions of Americans who rely on local TV and radio stations – as well as low-power TV stations and translators – are not unfairly burdened by the repack. America’s hometown broadcasters fully support swift passage of RAY BAUM’s Act and remain optimistic that appropriators will include full repack relocation funding in the final omnibus spending bill.”

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