Help us remind the Senate of yet another milestone in the fight for decency on our airwaves! As the Steelers and the Seahawks took to the field for the Super Bowl game, we were reminded that two years have passed since another Super Bowl memorable moment: the Janet Jackson wardrobe disaster. Days from now, we'll recognize another anniversary - the one year mark since the House overwhelmingly passed HR 310, The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act.
Meanwhile the Senate has been sitting on a Broadcast Decency bill and done nothing. It's time for the Senate to move on this bill that the public is calling for and the House has passed.
While the incident with Ms. Jackson has become a pop-culture hallmark, it is also a shameful demonstration of how little has been done to decrease and provide heavy fines for programming on television. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has reported record complaints of indecency on television while content has grown steadily worse.
The bottom line is that despite the public's outrage over Janet Jackson's halftime show and growing public complaints, programming on television has gone from bad to worse and the Senate has done nothing but wring its hands.
A key bill to raise indecency fines and ensure that the FCC enforces tough standards has been stuck in the Senate for nearly one year. Please contact your Senators and urge them to move on this bill:
The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 (H.R. 310): Passed in the House in February of 2005 in a 389-38 vote. Please urge your Senator to stop stalling this bill and vote for passage in the Senate.
Call your Senators today! Urge them to co-sponsor or vote in favor of H.R. 310 legislation today! The House acted. It's time for the Senate to play ball.
Call or write an email to your Senator by clicking here. Below is a sample email, but it will receive most attention if you add a line at the top to personalize your response.
Capitol Switchboard: (202)224-3121
I write as a member of Family Leader Network who is troubled by flagrant indecency on television. Complaints at the Federal Communication Commission are at an all-time high, and content on television grows worse each day. This year's Super Bowl is a reminder that two years ago, Janet Jackson ly exposed herself to an unsuspecting audience, and despite public outrage the Senate has failed to act.
I am happy that the House passed the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 (H.R. 310) in February of 2005 in a 389-38 vote. But the Senate's failure to respond to this need is shocking. H.R. 310 simply stiffens the fines for indecency and gives the FCC greater enforcement capabilities.
As a concerned citizen and voter, I highly support this bill and urge you to support it as well. It is time for Congress to act boldly to help stem the tide of increasingly offensive television programming. Thank you for your consideration in this matter.