Dems demand FCC oversight hearing

Dems demand FCC oversight hearing
© Greg Nash

Two of the top Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are calling on the panel’s GOP leadership to hold oversight hearings on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

Reps. Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care — Presented by That's Medicaid — Deal on surprise medical bills faces obstacles | House GOP unveils rival drug pricing measure ahead of Pelosi vote | Justices to hear case over billions in ObamaCare payments Obstacles remain for deal on surprise medical bills This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch MORE (D-N.J.) and Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleDemocrats demand FCC act over leak of phone location data Hillicon Valley: Google, Reddit to testify on tech industry protections | Trump joins Amazon-owned Twitch | House to vote on bill to combat foreign interference Reddit, Google to testify before House panel on tech's legal protections MORE (D-Pa.) sent a letter to their Republican counterparts reminding them that a hearing previously set for February still has not been rescheduled.

"We believe it is long past time to reschedule this important oversight hearing to follow through on a commitment from the Republican leadership of this Committee that it would hold quarterly Federal Communications Commission oversight hearings," they wrote to Reps. Greg WaldenGregory (Greg) Paul Walden'Medicare for All' backers notch win with high-profile hearing Democrats declare victory for eliminating drug protections in trade deal Impeachment surprise: Bills Congress could actually pass in 2020 MORE (R-Ore.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnTikTok chief cancels Capitol Hill meetings, inflaming tensions Lawsuits pose new challenge for TikTok TikTok's leader to meet with lawmakers next week MORE (R-Tenn.).

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A spokeswoman for the committee said leadership has “already expressed our interest in rescheduling the hearing and continuing our tradition of oversight of the FCC.”

Congressional Democrats have been vocal in their opposition to many of the FCC’s deregulatory efforts, including its repeal of the net neutrality rules. And they argue that the Energy and Commerce Committee has not been exercising enough oversight of the agency as it deregulates the media and broadband industries.

Committee Democrats have complained that the FCC’s GOP leadership is not being responsive to their inquiries about the agency’s initiatives.

"Unfortunately, over the past few months, the Commission has become less transparent with the legislative branch, altogether frustrating any attempt at our Constitutional responsibility to oversee the agency on behalf of the American people,” Pallone and Doyle wrote Tuesday. “The Commission must be brought before the Committee to account for its repeated and willful evasiveness."