House Energy And Commerce Committee Passes FCC Reform Bill
June 3, 2015 at 2:55 PM (PT)
In a voice vote after a contentious debate, H.R. 2583, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2015, was passed by the House Energy and Commerce Committee and sent to the full Congress for a vote.
Three amendments were added by the majority Republicans to the bill, including a rule requiring publication of changes in the rules, one requiring publication of the text of a newly proposed rule or action within 24 hours of circulation to the full Commission by the Chairman, and one requiring publication of descriptions of orders at the bureau level. The easing of the rule applying the Sunshine Act to private meetings of Commissioners was included but delayed for a year, a delay that drew objections from Democrats on the panel. Democrat-proposed amendments that require the Commission and Small Business Administration to ensure better access for small businesses, publication of policies and procedures, and reporting on the status of proceedings were approved, but another proposal to require the identification of the funders behind PACs and other groups buying political ads was rejected.