Senate Commerce Committee Sets Markup Of FCC Reauthorization Bill For March 16th
March 10, 2016 at 4:22 AM (PT)
The Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation has set markup for the FCC Reauthorization bill for next WEDNESDAY (3/16).
S2644, the FCC Reauthorization Act of 2016, was introduced by Committee Chairman Sen. JOHN THUNE (R-SD), and proposes reauthorization of the Commission for just two years and authorizes a budget of $361,116,000 for fiscal year 2017 and $348,711,000 for fiscal year 2018. Of those sums, at least $11,751,000 for 2017 and $11,904,00 for 2018 will be earmarked for salaries and expenses of the FCC's Office of Inspector General, and $16,867,000 for 2017 will go towards the FCC's relocation expenses.
The bill also would require a GAO report analyzing the fairness of the Commission's regulatory fee structure, and would put the FCC under the same transparency requirements as is the case with other independent government agencies.