Scalise's FCC consolidation bill sails through House
The House recently approved Rep. Steve Scalise's (R-La.) bill that would streamline Federal Communications Commission reporting requirements by reducing the number of reports the agency is expected to produce. Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) cosponsored the bill, known as the FCC Consolidated Reporting Act. The bill was approved on Monday in a 415-0 vote. The legislation would consolidate eight annual and triennial reports into a single biennial Communications Marketplace report. "This bill is another step in the process of streamlining government so that businesses can focus their time and resources on growing our economy and creating jobs, instead of complying with outdated and burdensome mandates from the federal government," Scalise said. Scalise said the consolidation would give the FCC flexibility and tools to work more efficiently. An additional benefit of the bill, according to Scalise, is that it would allow analysis on the intermodal communications industry that has surpassed the confines of the 1992 and 1996 Cable and Communications Acts. The proposed bill would also eliminate references to four reports that are considered outdated, including one based on the telegraph industry in 1934. "This is the kind of nuts and bolts work that I think helps clean up government, helps make it more efficient, make it more productive, make it more affordable and get it out of the way," Walden said.