House Panel Hears Debate On FCC Reform Bills
July 12, 2013 at 4:54 AM (PT)
The House Communications Subcommittee held its hearing on the proposed FCC reform bills on THURSDAY (7/10).
Republicans on the panel, led by subcommittee Chairman and bill sponsor GREG WALDEN (R-OR) cited scandals at the IRS NSA, and other agencies as reasons to make the FCC more transparent, while Democrats dismissed the bills as undermining the FCC's ability to regulate mergers and public interest issues. Only two Democrats, ranking member ANNA ESHOO (D-CA) and Rep. HENRY WAXMAN (D-CA), were at the hearing, with ESHOO calling the bills a "backdoor way of gutting the FCC's authority,"
The bills are expected to pass the Republican-controlled House but are unlikely to clear the Democrat-controlled Senate, the fate of previous FCC reform bill efforts.