H.R. 3309, the Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2012, the week of March 26, 2012, possibly under a procedural rule that would allow for the consideration of amendments to the bill on the House floor. Members of Congress must submit potential germane amendments to the House Rules Committee by 10 am on Monday, March 26th. Subsequently, the Rules Committee will hold a meeting at 5:00 pm to determine the procedural rule for the debate and which of the submitted amendments will be allowed to be considered on the House floor.
H.R. 3309 was introduced by House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Walden (R-OR). On March 6, 2012, the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a markup session and favorably reported H.R. 3309, as amended, to the House by a mostly party line vote of 31 to 16.
A companion bill (S. 1817) has been introduced in the Senate by Senator Heller (R-NV). However, staff for Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller (D-WV) have indicated that FCC process reform legislation is not going to be taken up in the Senate this year.