House votes against delaying switch to digital television

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The United States will switch to all-digital television next month after the House defeated a bill that would have delayed it until June.

The House Wednesday voted 258-168 against a bill to delay the transition from Feb. 17 to June 12. Earlier this week, the Senate unanimously passed a plan to postpone the switch from analog television. Nursing home residents have been included after all in a government coupon program to buy analog-TV converter boxes.

In other legislative news, the hospice care industry is set to receive $134 million in federal funding from the new economic stimulus package. The legislation also could delay a Bush administration rule that would cut $2 billion from hospice care over five years and cost up to 8,700 jobs in the industry this year alone, The Washington Post reports.