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House Proceeding 12-15-09 on Dec 15th, 2009 :: 0:20:25 to 0:24:40
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Rick Boucher

0:20:11 to 0:20:31( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: balance of his time. all time has expired. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1147, as amended. so many as are in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair the chair -- mr. boucher: i object to the quorum is not present and make a point of order a quorum is not present. the speaker pro tempore:

Rick Boucher

0:20:25 to 0:24:40( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher

0:20:32 to 0:20:52( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20 and the chair's prior announcement, further proceedings on this m be postponed. the gentleman from virginia. mr. boucher: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and agree to h.r. 1084, the commercial advertisement

Rick Boucher

0:20:53 to 0:21:13( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: loudness mitigation act, as amended. clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1084, a bill to require the feral communications commission to proscribe a standard to preclude commercials from being broadcast at louder volumes than the program material they accompany. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from virginia, mr. boucher, and the gentleman from

Rick Boucher

0:21:14 to 0:21:34( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: florida, mr. stearns, will each control 20 minutes. gentleman from virginia. mr. bo thank you very much mr. speaker. i ask unanimous csent that all members ma legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and insert extraneous material into the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: mr. speaker, i

Rick Boucher

0:21:35 to 0:21:55( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: yi consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. boucher: i request unanimous consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: the bill before the house is the commercial advertisement loudness mitigation act, or in short the calm act. it sets standards on the permissible volume levels for

Rick Boucher

0:21:56 to 0:22:16( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: commercials aired on television and is patronned by the gentlelady from california, our colleague on the energy and commerce committee, ms. eshoo. it addresses an appropriate manner a major consumer complaint. we have all experienced the frustration of tv commercials blaring well above the volume

Rick Boucher

0:22:17 to 0:22:37( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: levels of the programs that accompany them on broadcast television. after scrambling for the remote control and turning dow the volume on the commercial, we then have to pick up the remote again in order to restore the volume when the program that the commercial ends and the program resumes.

Rick Boucher

0:22:38 to 0:23:03( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: it's an annoying experience and something really should be done about it. other countries including austral united kingdom and france all have regulations addressing the volume on television commercials. and with the bill that is now before the house, we have the opportunity to confer on american tv viewers a similar benefit.

Rick Boucher

0:23:09 to 0:23:31( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: . the television industry based advanced tv systems committee has developed to the technical standards that are permitted to control commercial loudness. the industry has approved that standard, and the bill before

Rick Boucher

0:23:32 to 0:23:53( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: communications commission to incorporate that standard in a rulemaking. a waiver for the rule is available for any television station that can show financial hardship in making the changes to its equipment need in order to comply with the terms of the rule. some may say that there is no need to take this step. but i think that the american

Rick Boucher

0:23:54 to 0:24:14( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: public is going to react very differently and in a very supportive way. in fact, i think that the calm act has the potential to rival in popularity the do-not call list that was adopted by this congress several years ago. that act, as most will recall, protected against unwanted

Rick Boucher

0:24:15 to 0:24:36( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: commercial telephone calls. this will intrusive higher volume levels that attend television commercials. i want to commend ms. eshoo. she has shown great leadership in bringing this measure before the house. she has worked with the industry and with members of our subcommittee as we have revised the bill in order to

Rick Boucher

0:24:37 to 0:24:41( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: achieve the broad consensus that it enjoys today.

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