This just in (at 1:04 p.m. on January 28): a 258-168 majority of the House has voted in favor of the DTV Delay Act, BUT that was NOT enough to pass the bill. It turns out that, because of some arcane parliamentary hocus-pocus involving proposed legislation placed on the House “suspension calendar” (we told you it was arcane), the DTV Delay Act needed a two-thirds majority in the House, and if you do the math, you’ll see that 258-168 doesn’t get you there. Word is that some in the House may now be considering various arcane parliamentary options (e.g., whether or not to bring the bill to the floor under a rule, whereby the bill would need to go through the Rules Committee – remember, we told you it was arcane) through which the bill might be adopted by a simple majority. Stay tuned.
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