The FEC has not approved using the virtual currency for campaigns.
The regulations, meant to combat child deaths, have been slowed by years of delay.
The conservative think tank said the rules give the government undue control.
It may be hard to hear over the din of criticism that has engulfed the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) decision to consider lifting its on cellphone calls during flights, but at least one person is supporting the proposal.
Most of the voices that have be heard on the possibility of lifting the ban on airplane phone conversations have been in staunch opposition to the proposal, but Panasonic Avionics Corporation Vice President of Global Communications Services David Bruner said the agency made the right call.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said on Thursday that his department may issue a ban on in-flight cellphone calls as communication regulators consider the possibility of lift their own prohibition.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding a hearing on Thursday to considering opening a review of its long-standing prohibition on airplane calls, on the theory that they would not longer interfere with communications systems on the ground.
Responding to criticism from lawmakers, however, Foxx said the Department of Transportation (DOT) has a different role than than the FCC does.
Sens. Lamar Alexander and Dianne Feinstein are aiming to preempt federal regulators.
Some foreign airlines are already allowing their passengers to make cellphone calls during flights, USA Today reports.
The report comes as U.S. regulators are scheduled to vote on Thursday about whether to lift a ban on talking in the air domestically.
Former Gen. Wesley Clark was speaking before the committee about the federal Renewable Fuel Standard, but Vitter instead decided to press him on work he's done to promote the subsidized phone program.
"We are not going to attack panelists on other issues. Period, end of quote,” Sen. Barbara Boxer said. “If you want to do it, have a press conference.”
The sponsor of a bill in the House to ban airlines from allowing passengers to talk on their cellphones during flights said he was offering the legislation because in-flight phone calls would cause "a lot of chaos" on airplanes.
Appearing on Fox Business Network's "Money" show, Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he was in favor of allowing passengers to use other electronic devices, including their cellphones in data mode.
House lawmakers are doubling down on a push to legalize Internet gambling.