Sen. Richard Blumenthal

Senators Introduce Bill to Limit E-Cigarette Marketing to Kids and Teens

Worried that e-cigarettes are taking the same marketing path as conventional cigarettes, a group of Democratic senators introduced legislation today that would prohibit the marketing of them to children and teens.

Lawmakers Use Impending Blackout of Miami-Buffalo Game to Push New Law

Latching onto the impending TV blackout of the Bills-Dolphins game in Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.) took the opportunity to push for legislation to stop sports blackouts for good.

Senators Introduce Bill to Curb Sports Blackouts

Never underestimate a lawmaker’s desire to make sure football games get aired in his market. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), two lawmakers who have been outspoken on sports blackouts, are co-sponsoring a bill to decrease the frequency of local blackouts.

Clyburn’s Last Acts as FCC Chair Include Proposal to Eliminate Sports Blackout Rule

No one can ever say that acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn was a benchwarmer during the six months she served as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission. On Thursday and Friday, her final two days heading up the FCC, Clyburn circulated a number of rulemakings, including a proposal to end the sports blackout rule.

Sen. Rockefeller Talks Privacy With Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington to push immigration reform, but when he got to the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), he was confronted with questions about Facebook's privacy policies. Following his meeting with Zuckerberg Thursday, Rockefeller tweeted out that he told the Facebook CEO that protecting consumer privacy for users must be his company's priority.

Senate Dems Pressure Energy Drink Makers to Stop Marketing to Teens

Energy drink makers Red Bull, Monster and Rockstar took a pounding Wednesday in a Senate commerce hearing about their marketing practices, which the senators argue are targeting children and teens.

Senators Press FCC to Move On Sports Blackout Issue

Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Wednesday it's time for the Federal Communications Commission to take action on an 18-month-old petition to lift the sports blackout rule.

Senators Urge Nick to Stop Airing Junk Food Ads to Kids

Nickelodeon is in the cross-hairs of food and nutrition advocates again, who have convinced four Democratic Senators to fire off a letter to the Viacom-owned net urging it to stop airing junk fo

Hearing Gives Hope to Retransmission Reform Advocates

The fun thing about an oversight hearing on the Federal Communications Commission is that there is always something for every constituent's pet issue, even if it's only for three minutes. Tuesday's Senate Commerce committee hearing was no exception, dredging up the problem of blackouts caused when cable systems and TV stations can't agree on a carriage fee.

Congress Whips Up Laws to Legalize Cell Phone Unlocking

When the Internet speaks, Congress jumps. Only days after the White House came out in support of a White House petition to legalize cell phone unlocking, a number of lawmakers have taken up the cause and introduced legislation.