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By etrigan - Last updated: Wednesday, July 23, 2003 - Save & Share - One Comment

I am really happy with my Congressman, Lloyd Doggett, for many reasons but especially because he not only responds when I email him with an issue, but if he has a major update on something I have harrassed him about then he sends it to me. I wrote him several weeks ago about the FCC trying to line the pockets of fat cats. (My biggest concern was that allowing even larger corporations increases the liklihood that fiascos like Enron and Worldcom/MCI would happen in the media world and even more people would be damaged.) Anyway, he sent me this email today.


Dear John:

Knowing of your opposition to the recent change in media ownership rules by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), I am pleased to report that today the House passed an appropriations bill that included an amendment to prohibit implementation of one of the FCC’s three major changes during the fiscal year that begins October 1, 2003. This would reverse the rule allowing national broadcasters to own stations that reach up to 45% of American households, bringing the cap back down to the previous limit of 35%. This provision must now be approved by the Senate and any differences in legislative language must be resolved by a House-Senate Conference Committee, whose report must be approved by each chamber. While the White House threatened yesterday to veto the appropriations bill over this addition and there are still many ways for the House Republican leadership to block this and other meaningful repeal measures, I am encouraged by this positive development. Taken in connection with the Senate Commerce Committee’s passing “The FCC Media Ownership Bill” (S. 1046), our chances of reversing at least a portion of the FCC’s decision have improved. I will continue to seek opportunities to correct this decision and to advance community-based reporting as well as the crucial principles of competition and democracy.

Continued opposition to reversing the FCC’s decision is just one example of House Republican Leader Tom DeLay’s efforts to advance his agenda. Today, the Texas State Senate Jurisprudence Committee approved a congressional redistricting map that will help ensure he remains Majority Leader.

The new map cuts Travis County into three congressional districts, likely ensuring Austin loses its voice. One district winds from Austin to Houston; the second reaches into San Antonio; and the third snakes south to Mexico.

SENATE VOTE EXPECTED THIS WEEK – The Senate could
vote on DeLay’s map as soon as this Friday, July 25. You have the right to attend the debate that will occur on the Senate floor on this matter. The time for this vote has not yet been scheduled, but you can check the newspaper or the Senate website
(www.senate.state.tx.us) to verify the date and time. If the redistricting bill does not pass soon, yet another taxpayer-funded special session is set to be called with a vote on the floor expected early next week. Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst has suggested he may waive the typical rules that apply.

Coming to the Senate gallery for the vote is the last way you can participate in this important process.

Lloyd Doggett
201 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515
(202) 225-4865, (512) 916-5921
www.house.gov/doggett

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One Response to “FCC Denied!”

Comment from etrigan
Time July 24, 2003 at 11:35 am

Yahoo story about Bush wanting to line the pockets of his media-conglomerate friends.

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