Tate, Copps Talk To Senate Panel
December 13, 2005 at 11:23 AM (PT)
In a relatively brief grilling by the Senate Commerce Committee, FCC nominee DEBORAH TAYLOR (DEBI) TATE said that she is not sure that industry self-regulation will be enough to ward off a need for indecency legislation.
Speaking with little specificity about the issues, TATE pledged to help bring the Commission to a consensus and that she would be a "voice for families and consumers." TATE and Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS, also nominated for another term on the Commission, appeared before the panel TUESDAY, agreeing on some issues (including the need to revisit the "sunshine law" that prevents more than two Commissioners from meeting in private); Chairman TED STEVENS (R-AK) said he would try to get the nominations to a vote bfore the holiday recess.
STEVENS also said that he had met at the WHITE HOUSE TUESDAY morning to discuss the delayed nomination for the remaining open seat on the Commission and was told that the administration is still working on the matter.