Dueling mark-ups on the Hill


There’s a little something for everybody on tap in Congress today. The Senate Judiciary will take up the reporters shield and the Performance Rights Act, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee will take up loud commercials and LPFM.

The Senate Committee gets a bit of a head start, kicking off at 9:30. On the agenda are S. 448, Free Flow of Information Act of 2009, courtesy of Arlen Specter (D-PA), Chuck Schumer (D-NY, Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). Also on tap: S.379 Performance Rights Act, from Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and, once again, Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

Starting a half hour later, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet will consider, among other things, H.R. 1147, the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 and H.R. 1084, the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act).