Tags: gop | lawmakers | obama | phone

Rep. Buchanan to Newsmax: Unplug ‘Obama-phone’

Friday, 26 Apr 2013 01:03 PM

By David Yonkman, Washington Correspondent

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Citing escalating costs, waste and fraud, Congress should eliminate the wireless service nicknamed “Obama-phone,” a Florida lawmaker tells Newsmax.

“I believe we need to unplug the phones,” Republican Rep. Vern Buchanan said.

The Stop Taxpayer Funded Cell Phones Act is gaining momentum in the House, and now has nearly 50 co-sponsors. Buchanan said that it is especially appropriate to deactivate the program in light of current austerity measures in Washington, including recent cutbacks at the Federal Aviation Administration that Congress is working to restore.

“We’re going to be very aggressive in getting this bill passed,” Buchanan said. “It defies common sense that we’re giving away millions of free cell phones at the same time the federal government is threatening to ground planes nationwide.”

The original “Lifeline Program” was established in 1984 to subsidize landline phone service for low-income individuals in the event of an emergency, according to Buchanan’s office. It was dubbed “Obama-phone” during the 2012 election after a woman who was praising the program referred to it that way.

In 2008, the Lifeline Program was expanded to include wireless service providers. Between 2008 and 2009, non-landline costs for the program doubled — from $143 million to $384 million — and has sky-rocketed ever since, totaling over $719 million in 2010, $1.215 billion in 2011, and $1.744 billion in 2012.

The FCC itself has recognized that the program needs to be reformed and modernized.

“While Lifeline since 1985 has helped tens of millions of low-income Americans afford basic phone service – providing some of our most vulnerable citizens a communications lifeline to jobs, family, emergency services and more — the program rules we inherited were designed for the age of the rotary phone and failed to protect the program from abuse,” Julie Veach, chief of the FCC’s Wireline Competition Bureau, said in a recent statement.



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Hollywood Democrats Panicked Over Loss of Senate Majority

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 16:17 PM

One of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's online ads attacking Democratic opponent Alison Grimes featured her pict . . .

Sen. Dan Coats: ISIS Jihadists Probably Already Inside US

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 16:14 PM

Members of ISIS - the bloodthirsty Islamic terror group that executed American journalist James Foley - are likely alrea . . .

Scientists Puzzled Over Slowdown in Global Warming Despite Rise in Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, 21 Aug 2014 16:06 PM

The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a sh . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved