Barton: House Will Accept Senate Indecency Bill If Compromise Can't Be Reached
May 25, 2006 at 5:57 AM (PT)
With House and Senate broadcast indecency bills awaiting reconciliation, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman JOE BARTON (R-TX) said that the House would accept the less restrictive Senate version if a compromise can't be worked out.
REUTERS reports that BARTON said on WEDNESDAY that House and Senate leaders have to decide whether to send the bill to conference and, if not, "then the recommendation would be to accept the Senate bill." Both bills increase indecency fines, the Senats to $325,000. per violation and the House to $500,000., but the House version also subjects individuals making the offending comments to fines for the first time.