Senate Democrats Endorse Censorship
GOP fails to get votes to block Fairness Doctrine
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A showdown over free speech in the U.S. Senate last night turned out to be a one-sided vote with only one Democrat siding with Republicans to block the return of the Fairness Doctrine. Sen. Norm Coleman (R.-Minn.) introduced the amendment to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from reinstating the Fairness Doctrine.
Needing 60 votes, it failed when it received the support of 49 senators, including Democrat Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana. The National Republican Senatorial Committee plans to make this is campaign issue for Senators Mark Pryor (Ark.), Joe Biden (Del.), Dick Durbin (Ill.), Tom Harkin (Iowa), Mary Landrieu (La.), John Kerry (Mass.), Carl Levin (Mich.), Max Baucus (Mont.), Frank Lautenberg (N.J.), Jack Reed (R.I.) and Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.).