Rep. Pitts votes to clean up airwaves
Washington-Congressman Joe Pitts (R, PA-16) today voted for H.R. 3717, the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2004. The bill updates America's law that governs the broadcast of indecent material over public airwaves. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 391 to 22.
"This is not a new issue," said Congressman Pitts. "Parents have been pleading with us to take action on this for years. Unfortunately, it took the use of the four letter word on network TV, Janet Jackson's indecent exposure at the Super Bowl, and Howard Stern's foul and racist language to push us into action. I am sick and tired of hearing parents tell me how they need to cover their children's eyes and ears, often too late because their kids have seen or heard inappropriate things on television and radio.
"For too long we have told the entertainment industry that the federal government is unwilling to hold them accountable for their actions. We have abandoned American families. Today we are saying enough is enough. By increasing fines and adding a tough three strikes and you're out provision, this bill gives the FCC the tools they need to enforce law that has been on the books for years.
"This is an issue that affects us all, particularly those of us with kids and grandkids. Parents are tired not being able to trust what goes out over public airwaves. This bill is the reward for their persistent efforts to clean up our airwaves, and a victory for the democratic process," said Congressman Pitts.