In an effort to serve their most important constituency -- conservative talk radio hosts -- House Republican leaders and conservative groups gathered in the afternoon heat Wednesday to call for Democrats to sign a discharge petition that would force a floor vote to ban the so-called Fairness Doctrine. Brent Bozell, president of the Media Research Center; Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist; Craig Parshall from the National Religious Broadcasters; and syndicated radio host Laura Ingraham joined Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) and House leaders to encourage listeners of conservative programs to contact Democratic members before July 4. Rep Pence filed the Broadcaster Freedom Act as a discharge petition last October. It has 194 Republican signatures, but no Democrats have signed on. A discharge petition needs 218 signatures to force a floor vote.
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