Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 8:08am
SENATE TO DEBATE FAIRNESS DOCTRINE
[SOURCE: TVWeek, AUTHOR: Ira Teinowitz]
The U.S. Senate is about to get its turn to block the Federal Communications Commission from reviving the Fairness Doctrine, the policy requiring broadcasters to offer competing viewpoints in a balanced manner when presenting controversial issues. A week after Sens. Norm Coleman (R-MN), Jim DeMint (R-SC), John Thune (R-SD), and 15 GOP co-sponsors proposed to enact a law mirroring a ban approved by the House, the senators hope instead to add the language to an Iraq war appropriations bill now on the Senate floor. A debate and vote on the Fairness Doctrine amendment could take place by week’s end. The Senate today was locked in what could be a long debate on Iraq war-related amendments that could delay consideration of other amendments to the bill.
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