Panel tables the shield again


The Senate Judiciary Committee took its sixth swing at moving the reporters shield from the committee to the full Senate, and the result was its sixth whiff.

It was a busy day in Washington. The FCC held a key meeting that kicked off the proceeding which will deal with the highly controversial topic of internet network neutrality. In the House Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet batted around the topic of video competition.

And the Senate Judiciary Committee held over the Freedom of Information Act, which can now look forward to a seventh invite to the committee markup agenda.

RBR-TVBR observation: We thought that passage of this bill would be a mortal lock. Then the current White House surprised everybody and worked to see it watered down. It’s been slowed by schedule conflicts. Whatever else, the bill has staying power.