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Pence Files Discharge Petition to Force Vote on Broadcaster Freedom Act

"When Freedom Gets an Up or Down Vote in the People's House, Freedom Always Wins"

Contact: Matt Lloyd, 202-226-4379 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 17 /Standard Newswire/ -- U.S. Congressman Mike Pence gave the following speech on the House floor this morning announcing the launch of a discharge petition to bring the Broadcaster Freedom Act to the floor of the U.S. House.  The Broadcaster Freedom Act would prevent the Federal Communications Commission from implementing the Fairness Doctrine without and act of Congress.

"The time has come to do away with the Fairness Doctrine once and for all. 

"While June saw 309 Members of this House vote for an amendment to ban the Fairness Doctrine for the next fiscal year, more must be done to ensure that this archaic regulation of the airwaves of America can never return.

"The Broadcaster Freedom Act would ensure that no future president could regulate the airwaves of America without an act of Congress but it has yet to be scheduled for a vote.

"Moments ago, along with the Republican Leadership and Congressman Greg Walden, I filed a discharge petition on the Broadcaster Freedom Act.

"The American people should know that if 218 Members of Congress sign this petition, we can demand an up-or-down vote on legislation that would keep the Fairness Doctrine from ever coming back.

"To my colleagues in Congress I respectfully say: 'If you oppose the Fairness Doctrine, sign the petition.  If you cherish the dynamic national asset that is American talk radio, sign the petition.  If you simply believe that broadcast freedom deserves an up or down vote on the floor of the People's House, sign the petition.'

'If 218 Members of Congress will sign the Discharge Petition on H.R. 2905, The Broadcaster Freedom Act will come to the floor and it will pass...because, as we witnessed in yesterday's vote on the Free Flow of Information Act, when freedom gets an up or down vote in the People’s House, freedom always wins.

"I urge all my colleagues, but especially those who supported broadcast freedom earlier this year, to sign the Discharge Petition for H.R. 2905 and bring the Broadcaster Freedom Act to the floor of this Congress."