H.R. 2589, To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website changes to the rules of the Commission not later than 24 hours after adoption

H.R. 2589

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website changes to the rules of the Commission not later than 24 hours after adoption

Date
May 23, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, May 23, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2589, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require the Federal Communications Commission to publish on its Internet website changes to the rules of the Commission not later than 24 hours after adoption, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2589 was introduced on June 1, 2015 by Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC) and was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce.  The Committee on Energy and Committee ordered the bill reported, as amended, by voice vote on April 28, 2016.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2589 requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make available on its website any changes made to its rules, as codified in the Code of Federal Regulations, within 24 hours of receiving dissenting statements from all Commissioners wishing to submit a statement.

 

Background

Current law does not set a time by which the FCC must made text publicly available.[1] According to the bill’s sponsor, “For too long, the FCC has remained an agency shrouded in mystery, but today we have made several strides in pulling back the curtain.  My legislation is straightforward – it requires the FCC to publish new rules online within 24 hours of being adopted. As expressed by FCC Chairman Wheeler in the last E&C subcommittee hearing, he agreed the agency could comply with this common-sense measure”[2]

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[1] See E&C Majority Memorandum April 26-27, 2016, Full Committee Markup, at 8.
[2] See Rep. Ellmer’s Press Release “Ellmer’s FCC Transparency Measure Sails Through Committee” April 28, 2016.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates enacting H.R. 2589 would have no significant effect of the agency’s workload or costs.

 

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.