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).

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"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 WaldenHotel industry mounts attack on Airbnb with House bill Wave of GOP retirements threatens 2020 comeback Push on 'surprise' medical bills hits new roadblocks MORE (R-Ore.) and Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe evolution of Taylor Swift's political activism Kellyanne Conway responds to Taylor Swift criticism by invoking pop star's lyrics Is there internet life after thirty? 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."