Debate on a massive Democratic-sponsored higher education spending bill (PDF) began around 1:30 a.m. ET and continued late into the evening on Wednesday. But no amendments were expected to be introduced to change the antipiracy sections embedded in the 747-page text.As I noted last week, the bill would would not only require universities to install anti-piracy deterrent technology but also require them to pay for monthly subscription fees to Ruckus and Napster. A really outrageous aspect of this is that it would pull federal student loan funding from students at schools that don't comply, thus even totally law-abiding students could be terribly hurt by the rule.
House Education and Labor Committee aides said final votes on the amendments and the entire bill are expected to begin at 9:45 a.m. ET Thursday.