FCC Media Ownership Rules
On the Joint Resolution
Senate Roll Call No. 348
108th Congress, 1st Session

Agreed to: 55-40 (see complete tally)
On September 16, 2003, the Senate voted 55 to 40 to disapprove of the media ownership rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in June of that year (S.J. Res. 17). The FCC relaxed the ownership rules to allow big communications companies to get even bigger, thereby reducing the number of voices in the marketplace of ideas. The ACLU supported this vote because the net effect of the FCC's actions is to reduce the amount of speech from diverse voices. (Roll Call Vote No. 348)

Vote Map: Senate Roll Call No. 348
Votes For : 55
Votes Against : 40
Not Voting : 5