Hoyer throws cold water on Dodd's telecom bill

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) threw cold water today on attempts to repeal immunity for telecom giants that participated in Bush-era warantless wiretapping.

Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and a handful of prominent Democrats said yesterday they would introduce legislation to strip telecom giants of immunity for possibly violating customer privacy by providing information to the government without a warrant. 

But Hoyer seems uninterested in pushing the legislation through the House.

"I don't think revisiting that issue is going to get us anyplace," Hoyer told The Hill today.

Congress had granted the companies liability last year to protect them from a potential onslaught of lawsuits.