H. R. 1409
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
February 26, 2021
Mr. Duncan (for himself, Mrs. Boebert, Mr. Bishop of North Carolina, Mr. Perry, and Mr. Norman) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To prevent the Federal Communications Commission from repromulgating the Fairness Doctrine.
This Act may be cited as the
Reassuring that the United States Has Wide And Scrupulous Rhetorical Insight to Garnish Honest Thought Act of 2021 or the
RUSH WAS RIGHT Act of 2021.
Fairness Doctrine prohibited
Title III of the Communications Act of 1934 is amended by inserting after section 303 (47 U.S.C. 303) the following new section:
Limitation on general powers: Fairness Doctrine
Notwithstanding section 303 or any other provision of this Act or any other Act authorizing the Commission to prescribe rules, regulations, policies, doctrines, standards, or other requirements, the Commission shall not have the authority to prescribe any rule, regulation, policy, doctrine, standard, or other requirement that has the purpose or effect of reinstating or repromulgating (in whole or in part) the requirement that broadcasters present opposing viewpoints on controversial issues of public importance, commonly referred to as the
Fairness Doctrine, as repealed in General Fairness Doctrine Obligations of Broadcast Licensees, 50 Fed. Reg. 35418 (1985).