Congressional Veto of Media Ownership Rules Could See Senate Floor Action in September

Congressional Veto of Media Ownership Rules Could See Senate Floor Action in September
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Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., believes he has enough votes in the Senate to pass a congressional veto of the FCC's new broadcast ownership rules. Dorgan said he would bring the measure directly to the Senate floor for a vote - bypassing action by the Senate Commerce Committee - in early September. Committee Chairman John McCain has agreed to the plan, Dorgan said.
Dorgan said once the resolution reaches the Senate floor, it will get 10 hours of debate and the item cannot be filibustered or amended. The congressional veto procedure provides for expedited consideration of a Resolution of Disapproval, which must be approved by both the Senate and the House, and signed by the President.
The Resolution of Disapproval is sponsored by a bipartisan group of twenty one Senators, including Trent Lott, R-Miss. and Russ Feingold, D-Wis. Twelve of the co-sponsors are members of the Senate Commerce Committee, a majority of the committee.

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