HR 284 passes!
Update: After all the waiting and lobbying, the passage of HR 284 went relatively quick. Actually, for an act of the government, this was lightning speed. The bill was introduced, moved to suspension calendar, debated for 40 minutes and passed.
We will be reporting this fully, of course. Congrats to everyone who made this happen.
I'm back in the reporter's seat making calls and several of the people who have actually taken my calls have asked: "Have you heard anything about the vote?"
I sometimes feel like an old time mail carrier, bringing word to far-flung frontier.
We, too, are waiting to hear what happens. Since this is the first time the industry has gotten this far ("historic" was Cara Bachenheimer's comment) we had to reach out to learn what steps would unfold on the House floor today, and when we could expect a vote.
According to Cara, Rep. Tiberi, R-Ohio, will give an opening statement on H.R. 284, sometime around 4:45 to 5 pm today, but the bill won't be voted on until, likely, 6:30 or later.
As soon as we get the word, we'll let you know. Good luck out there!