'Broadcaster Freedom Act' Bills Introduced In House, Senate
June 29, 2007 at 2:51 PM (PT)
Rep. MIKE PENCE, fresh off his successful move in the House THURSDAY to tack an amendment onto the FCC budget bill prohibiting the Commission from spending money to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine, has, as promised, introduced his bill to block the FCC from reimposing the law, and he has company in the Senate, where Sens. JOHN MCCAIN (R-AZ), JOHN THUNE (R-SD), and NORM COLEMAN (R-NM) have introduced their own "Broadcaster Freedom Act."
MCCAIN, decrying the Fairness Doctrine's "chilling effect" on broadcasters' freedom of speech, said that it is "hard to imagine that the American people would support reinstating a policy where the federal government would be required to police the airwaves to ensure differing viewpoints are offered."
PENCE's House version of the bill has 111 co-sponsors thus far.