H.Con.Res.217 - Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the authority of the Federal Communications Commission.105th Congress (1997-1998)
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|Sponsor:||Rep. Tauzin, W. J. (Billy) [R-LA-3] (Introduced 02/11/1998)|
|Committees:||House - Commerce|
|Latest Action:||03/03/1998 Referred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (02/11/1998)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H. Con. Res. 217 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. CON. RES. 217 Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the authority of the Federal Communications Commission. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES February 11, 1998 Mr. Tauzin (for himself, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Livingston, Mr. Stearns, Mr. Klug, Mr. Shimkus, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Paxon, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Hastert, Mr. Oxley, Mr. Burr of North Carolina, and Mr. Rogan) submitted the following concurrent resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Commerce _______________________________________________________________________ CONCURRENT RESOLUTION Expressing the sense of Congress with respect to the authority of the Federal Communications Commission. Resolved by the House of Representatives (the Senate concurring), That it is the sense of Congress that-- (1) the Congress has never granted the Federal Communications Commission the authority to compel broadcast station licensees to provide free broadcast time for the airing of political advertising, other than the specific equal time obligations of section 315 of the Communications Act of 1934; (2) section 315 of that Act contains specific and reasonable limits on the compensation that may be required of political candidates for the airing of political advertising that the Congress enacted as the exclusive authority of the Commission with respect to compensation for political advertising; (3) the Commission may not further expand the public interest obligations of broadcast station licensees to accept political advertising without express statutory authority from the Congress, and the responsible weighing of the legal and economic problems that congressional consideration entails; and (4) the Federal Communications Commission should not engage in actions that would congest the Federal courts with needless litigation concerning the limits on the Commission's authority, wasting the congressionally appropriated resources of the Commission, the Department of Justice, and the judicial branch. <all>