By: Todd Shields
Tauzin, McCain To Head Relevant Committees
Congressional leaders doled out committee assignments this month,
and Rep. W.J. “Billy” Tauzin, R-La., gained the chairmanship of
the former Commerce Committee. The panel, now known as Energy and
Commerce, oversees the Federal Communications Commission (FCC),
making it a key stop for newspapers.
They welcome congressional pressure to kill an FCC rule that bars
common ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same
city. Tauzin opposes the rule, as did his predecessor, who has
On the other side of the Capitol, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,
another opponent of the cross-ownership ban, will return to his
chairmanship of the Commerce Committee after the inauguration of
Todd Shields (email@example.com) is the Washington editor for E&P.
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