S.J.RES.28 A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to broadcast

Summary: 

On March 5, 2008, Sen Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) introduced a "resolution of disapproval" that would overturn new media ownership rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in December 2007. The Senate has 60 working days to vote on the resolution.

Full text:

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to broadcast media ownership (Report and Order FCC 07-216), received by Congress on February 22, 2008, and such rule shall have no force or effect.

  • * 5/15/08 The Senate voted, without debate, to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission's Dec. 18 decision to loosen the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule. The measure passed on a voice vote.

    * 5/06/08 The Congressional Budget Office has now reviewed the resolution, also making its way through the House, and determined that enactment of the resolution would have no effect on the federal budget. CBO also finds that the resolution: 1) contains no intergovernmental mandates, and 2) would impose a private-sector mandate on companies that wish to own a newspaper and a television or radio station in a single market area. The cost to the private sector of the mandate would be the incremental cost of applying for a license (because the waiver process is more costly), plus any forgone net profit attributable to the cross-media ban. CBO has no basis for estimating those costs. CBO, therefore, cannot determine whether the cost of the mandate would exceed the annual threshold established in federal law ($136 million in 2008, adjusted annually for inflation).

    * 4/24/2008 The Senate Commerce Committee plans a vote on the resolution

    * 3/5/2008 Referred to Senate Commerce Committee

Supporters: 

Sponsor: Sen Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND)

Co-sponsors:

Sen Biden, Joseph R., Jr. [D-DE] - 3/5/2008
Sen Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] - 3/5/2008
Sen Clinton, Hillary Rodham [D-NY] - 3/5/2008
Sen Collins, Susan M. [R-ME] - 3/5/2008
Sen Dodd, Christopher J. [D-CT] - 3/5/2008
Sen Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] - 3/5/2008
Sen Harkin, Tom [D-IA] - 3/5/2008
Sen Kerry, John F. [D-MA] - 3/5/2008
Sen Leahy, Patrick J. [D-VT] - 3/6/2008
Sen Obama, Barack [D-IL] - 3/5/2008
Sen Reed, Jack [D-RI] - 3/5/2008
Sen Sanders, Bernard [I-VT] - 3/5/2008
Sen Snowe, Olympia J. [R-ME] - 3/5/2008
Sen Stevens, Ted [D-AK] - 3/5/2008
Sen Tester, Jon [D-MT] - 3/5/2008
Sen Boxer, Barbara [CA] - 3/11/2008
Sen Feingold, Russell D. [WI] - 3/11/2008
Sen Nelson, Bill [FL] - 3/13/2008
Sen Menendez, Robert [NJ] - 3/31/2008
Sen McCaskill, Claire [MO] - 4/2/2008
Sen Murray, Patty [WA] - 4/2/2008
Sen Whitehouse, Sheldon [RI] - 4/10/2008
Sen Wyden, Ron [OR] - 4/10/2008
Sen Inouye, Daniel K. [HI] - 4/16/2008
Sen Durbin, Richard [IL] - 5/1/2008
Sen Levin, Carl [MI] - 5/1/2008

Free Press
Parents Television Council
National Organization of Women
National Association of Black Journalists
Prometheus Radio Project
National Hispanic Media Coalition
Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

Legislation Date: 
March 5, 2008