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2008-SJR28 on Mar 5, 2008

Bill Sponsorship: overturning FCC approval of media consolidation
Source: S.J.RES.28&H.J.RES.79
Congressional Summary:Disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on February 22, 2008, relating to broadcast media ownership. Declares that the rule shall have no force or effect.

Proponents' Argument in Favor:Sen. DORGAN: The FCC loosened the ban on cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations. We seek with this resolution of disapproval to reverse the FCC's fast march to ease media ownership rules. The FCC has taken a series of destructive actions in the past two decades that I believe have undermined the public interest. [Now they have given] a further green light to media concentration.

The FCC voted to allow cross-ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the top 20 markets, with loopholes for mergers outside of the top 20 markets. The newspapers would be allowed to buy stations ranked above fifth and above.

The rule change was framed as a modest compromise. But make no mistake, this is a big deal. As much as 44% of the population lives in the top 20 markets. The last time the FCC tried to do this, in 2003, the Senate voted to block it.

This rule will undercut localism and diversity of ownership around the country. Studies show that removing the ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership results in a net loss in the amount of local news produced in the market as a whole. In addition, while the FCC suggests that cross-ownership is necessary to save failing newspapers, the publicly traded newspapers earn annual rates of return between 16% and 18%.

This Resolution of Disapproval will ensure this rule change has no effect. This is again a bipartisan effort to stop the FCC from destroying the local interests that we have always felt must be a part of broadcasting.


  • Topic: Technology
  • Headline: Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation

  • Key for participation codes:
  • Sponsorships: p=sponsored; o=co-sponsored; s=signed
  • Memberships: c=chair; m=member; e=endorsed; f=profiled; s=scored
  • Resolutions: i=introduced; w=wrote; a=adopted
  • Cases: w=wrote; j=joined; d=dissented; c=concurred
  • Surveys: '+' supports; '-' opposes.



Democrats participating in 2008-SJR28

Tammy Baldwin s1oWI Democratic Challenger 
Barbara Boxer s1oCA Democratic Jr Senator 
Sherrod Brown s1oOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1oWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Hillary Clinton s1oNY Former Democratic Senator (NY); now Secretary of State 
Chris Dodd s1oCT Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Lloyd Doggett s1oTexas Democrat 
Byron Dorgan s1pND Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010) 
Mike Doyle s1oPennsylvania Democrat 
Richard Durbin s1oIL Democratic Sr Senator 
Keith Ellison s1oMinnesota Democrat 
Russell Feingold s1oPOTUS Democrat 
Dianne Feinstein s1oCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bob Filner s1oCalifornia Democrat (Mayoral run 2011) 
Barney Frank s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
Raul Grijalva s1oArizona Democrat 
Tom Harkin s1oIA Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Maurice Hinchey s1oNew York Dem/Working-Fam.(Retired 2012) 
Daniel Inouye s1oHI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jay Inslee s1pWA Democratic Governor 
John Kerry s1oMA Democratic Sr Senator 
Dennis Kucinich s1oOhio Democrat (Lost 2012 Primary) 
Patrick Leahy s1oVT Democratic Sr Senator 
Carl Levin s1oMI Democratic Sr Senator (retiring 2014) 
Claire McCaskill s1oMO Democratic Sr Senator; previously state Auditor 
Robert Menendez s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
George Miller s1oCalifornia Democrat (retiring 2014) 
Patty Murray s1oWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Bill Nelson s1oFL Democratic Sr Senator 
Barack Obama s1oIL Former Democratic Senator (until 2008) 
John Olver s1oMassachusetts Democrat (Retiring 2012) 
David Eugene Price s1oNorth Carolina Democrat 
Jack Reed s1oRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Steven Rothman s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Albio Sires s1oNew Jersey Democrat 
Louise Slaughter s1oNew York Democrat 
Hilda Solis s1oCA Democratic Gubernatorial Challenger 
Pete Stark s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Jon Tester s1oMT Democratic Jr Senator 
Maxine Waters s1oCalifornia Democrat 
Diane Watson s1oCalifornia Former Democrat (until 2010) 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1oRI Democratic Jr Senator, previously attorney general 
David Wu s1oOregon Democrat (Resigned 2011) 
Ron Wyden s1oOR Democratic Sr Senator 



Republicans participating in 2008-SJR28

Susan Collins s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Dave Reichert s1oWashington Republican (Governor run 2012) 
Olympia Snowe s1oME Republican Sr Senator 
Ted Stevens s1oAK Former Republican Sr Senator 



Independents participating in 2008-SJR28

Joe Biden s1oDE Vice President 
Bernie Sanders s1oVermont Independent 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 44
Republicans: 4
Independents: 2


















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