“There are a variety of budgetary, procedural, and jurisdictional challenges those seeking to attach spectrum legislation to an omnibus appropriations bill would have to overcome,” said David Taylor, managing partner of Capitol Solutions, a lobbying firm whose clients include wireless industry entities. “The fact that the legislation is not part of either the House or Senate-passed versions of any of the appropriations bills in conference is a good place to start that list.”
He also noted that policy language, such as that dealing with the construction of a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network, could be stricken from appropriations legislation because it wouldn’t involve appropriations of funds.
But Mr. Taylor is one of many industry lobbyists who is still bullish on spectrum legislation getting through due to its popularity – and ability to raise billions of dollars to help with the deficit. Although the supercommittee process failed, lawmakers are still likely next year to look for savings to offset mandatory cuts that would come in 2013, Mr. Taylor said, adding that spectrum auctions are a good bet to be part of that effort.