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H.R. 5190 (115th): Journalism Competition and Preservation Act of 2018

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Your local newspaper’s content probably doesn’t come up very often when you’re on Facebook or Google News. A new bill in Congress could potentially cause that to change.


Facebook and Google combined are what some are calling a “duopoly” — together controlling a cumulative 73 percent of digital advertising and 83 percent of digital advertising growth.

Those two websites are far and away the top two sources of news for American consumers when they link on your Facebook newsfeed or Google News to articles from existing publishers, such as the more than 1,000 smaller local and state newspapers across the country.

Such publications by 2018 have often become more reliant on hoping people in their area stumble across their articles via Facebook or Google than they are reliant on …

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David Cicilline

Sponsor. Representative for Rhode Island's 1st congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 7, 2018
Length: 6 pages
Mar 7, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 7, 2018, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Mar 7, 2018

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 5190 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 5190. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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