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Speaker Pelosi Blocks Vote on the Pence-Walden Amendment
2009-07-21

Channel 12, KDRV in Oregon reported on its website on 17 July, that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi blocked a floor vote on an amendment to a House Bill proposed by Greg Walden of Oregon and Mike Pence of Indiana. The Pence-Walden amendment would have barred the FCC from spending any money to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine or any substitute for that kind of censorship of radio under the labels of diversity or localism. Although President Obama and others have adamantly claimed that the Fairness Doctrine is dead and censorship is not intended, this action by Speaker Pelosi suggests that the censorship door is being held open, deliberately.

The last sentence of this article is very telling. It says, "Walden says a station's performance should be decided by the listeners, not the federal government."

Story on the Internet
http://kdrv.com/news/local/134596

Broadcaster Freedom Amendment To Be Considered TODAY By Rules Committee
2009-07-16

UPDATE: Rep Weldon to Introduce Resolution After Democrats Prohibit Amendment



Rep. Walden of Oregon notified the House today of his intent to offer a privileged resolution regarding the Pence-Walden amendment. The amendment, which the Democrats prohibited from being offered-OFFERED-to the Financial Services Approps bill today, would prohibit funds made available in the bill from being used to implement the Fairness Doctrine and certain broadcast localism regulations. See text. The resolution will presumably be considered on the House floor before the weekend.

Congressmen Greg Walden and Mike Pence are preparing to go before the House Rules Committee today to argue that they should be allowed to offer their amendment to the Financial Services Appropriations Bill, which was filed last night. The Walden-Pence Broadcaster Freedom Amendment would block the FCC from bringing back the so-called "Fairness Doctrine" or implementing "stealth Fairness Doctrine" in the form of proposed broadcast localism regulations, including requirements for onerous local advisory boards, for the next fiscal year.

Contact your Member of Congress and demand an up-or-down vote on the Walden-Pence Broadcaster Freedom Amendment. Call TODAY, Tuesday, July 14 because the Rules Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:00pm to decide which amendments to allow. If the Broadcaster Freedom Amendment is made in order, it can be offered on the House floor when the Financial Services Appropriations bill is considered later this week.The Capitol Switchboard is (202) 224-3121.

Let's get the word out: No More Government Takeover. This amendment would stop the government from taking over the airwaves and would preserve our cherished First Amendment Freedom to Listen.

Amendment text and a press release are linked. Video is available HERE and audio is available HERE.

S. 673: To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
2009-03-24

111th CONGRESS 1st Session

S. 673

To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 24, 2009

Mr. CARDIN (for himself and Ms. MIKULSKI) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To allow certain newspapers to be treated as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and exempt from tax under section 501(a) of such Code.
    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. TREATMENT OF CERTAIN NEWSPAPERS AS EXEMPT FROM TAX UNDER SECTION 501.

    (a) In General- Paragraph (3) of section 501(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting '(including a qualified newspaper corporation)' after 'educational purposes'.
    (b) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended--
    • (1) by redesignating subsection (r) as subsection (s), and
    • (2) by inserting after subsection (q) the following new subsection:
    '(r) Qualified Newspaper Corporation- For purposes of this title, a corporation or organization shall be treated as a qualified newspaper corporation if--
    • '(1) the trade or business of such corporation or organization consists of publishing on a regular basis a newspaper for general circulation,
    • '(2) the newspaper published by such corporation or organization contains local, national, and international news stories of interest to the general public and the distribution of such newspaper is necessary or valuable in achieving an educational purpose, and
    • '(3) the preparation of the material contained in such newspaper follows methods generally accepted as educational in character.'.
    (c) Unrelated Business Income of a Qualified Newspaper Corporation- Section 513 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    '(k) Advertising Income of Qualified Newspaper Corporations- The term 'unrelated trade or business' does not include the sale by a qualified newspaper corporation (as defined in section 501(r)) of any space for commercial advertisement to be published in a newspaper, to the extent that the space allotted to all such advertisements in such newspaper does not exceed the space allotted to fulfilling the educational purpose of such qualified newspaper corporation.'.
    (d) Deduction for Charitable Contributions- Subparagraph (B) of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by inserting '(including a qualified newspaper corporation as defined in section 501(r))' after 'educational purposes'.
    (e) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to taxable years beginning after the date of the enactment of this Act.

Senate Amendment: 662: To prohibit the use of funds by the Federal Communications Commission to repromulgate the Fairness Doctrine.
2009-03-10

SA 662. Mr. THUNE (for himself, Mr. DEMINT, Mr. INHOFE, and Mr. ENZI) submitted an amendment intended to be proposed by him to the bill H.R. 1105, making omnibus appropriations for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2009, and for other purposes; which was ordered to lie on the table; as follows:

On page 410, after line 2, insert the following:

Sec. 753. None of the funds appropriated in this Act may be used by the Federal Communications Commission to prescribe any rule, regulation, policy, doctrine, standard, guideline, or other requirement that has the purpose or effect of reinstating or repromulgating (in whole or in part)the requirement that broadcasters present or ascertain opposing viewpoints on issues of public importance, commonly referred to as the ``Fairness Doctrine'', as such doctrine was repealed in In re Complaint of Syracuse Peace Council against Television Station WTVH, Syracuse New York, 2 FCC Rcd. 5043 (1987).

Senate Passes DeMint Amendment
2009-02-26

On Thursday, February 26, 2009, the U.S. Senate passed the DeMint Amendment, an amendment which barred the FCC from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine. The vote was 87-11. From the amendment:

‘‘SEC. 303A. LIMITATION ON GENERAL POWERS: FAIRNESS DOCTRINE. ‘‘Notwithstanding section 303 or any other provision of this Act or any other Act authorizing the Commission to prescribe rules, regulations, policies, doctrines, stand- ards, guidelines, or other requirements, the Commission shall not have the authority to prescribe any rule, regula- tion, policy, doctrine, standard, guideline, or other require- ment that has the purpose or effect of reinstating or re- promulgating (in whole or in part)— ‘‘(1) the requirement that broadcasters present or ascertain opposing viewpoints on issues of public importance, commonly referred to as the ‘Fairness Doctrine’, as repealed in In re Complaint of Syra- cuse Peace Council against Television Station WTVH, Syracuse New York, 2 FCC Rcd. 5043 (1987); or ‘‘(2) any similar requirement that broadcasters meet programming quotas or guidelines for issues of public importance.’’.

 

 

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