Byrd Out, Rockefeller in Atop Senate Committees

Nov 7, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The playing field is changing in Congress for broadcasters and media companies for the second time in a week.
West Virginia Sen. Robert Byrd is stepping down as chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which likely will lead to the other West Virginia senator, Jay Rockefeller, stepping in as chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee that considers media legislation.
Current Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, is expected to replace Mr. Byrd as chairman of the Appropriations Committee.
Mr. Rockefeller has been far more proactive than Mr. Inouye on broadcasting issues, especially in questioning the amount of violence on TV. Mr. Rockefeller also has questioned easing of broadcast ownership curbs.
An aide to Mr. Rockefeller declined to confirm that he would head the committee.
Just Wednesday, the possibility of a change in the main House committee that handles media issues was raised with the announcement from Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., that he intends to take on dean of the House John Dingell, D-Mich., for the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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