Thursday, September 25, 2003

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The House voted Thursday to grant the Federal Trade Commission explicit authority to create a national "do not call" list for telemarketers, and Senate action was expected later in the day.

The vote was 412-8. A vote in the Senate was expected Thursday afternoon.

The quick action comes a day after a federal judge ruled the FTC overstepped its congressional mandate to create the wildly popular list.

"Fifty million Americans can't be wrong," Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La., declared Wednesday, referring to the number of phone numbers that people have signed up to block the unwanted solicitations.

Y'know, I mentioned to someone the other day (it might've been Pal A) that I was digging Congress lately for moving fast and well and acting (at least in part) on the actual behalf of us little folk, and whoever I was talking to negged out my comments by implying that everyone's simply stumping for for their '04 campaigns. Which might be true, but it's still working out for us pretty well, huh?

Now, if they'd only turn down the DOD's $87 billion request. Man, wouldn't that be nice?

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