Smith: House Upholds Traditional Values
Congressman Smith issued the following statement regarding the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act, which passed the House by an overwhelming majority of 391-22.
"The broadcast of offensive language is a growing and disturbing trend. Low fines for indecency only encourage more indecency. It has become apparent that performers will accept a small fine for offensive and crude behavior in return for the media attention it creates. That is one of the reasons I support this legislation that increases fines for indecent language on radio and TV.
"The networks have pushed the limits of decency to the point that family-oriented programs and wonderful American pastimes, such as the Super Bowl, are no longer safe for your children to watch.
"The FCC has given television and radio stations too much power to broadcast any type of behavior or speech that they believe will bring in high ratings or advertising dollars. This undermines standards of common decency and impedes the ability of parents to raise their children free from profane language.
"The entertainment industry has become increasingly isolated from the American people. We are still a nation that believes in standards of common decency and respect for traditional values. This bill will help uphold these values."