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S. 4173 (117th): CALM Modernization Act of 2022

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The lead Senate sponsor delivered 279 floor speeches on climate change all titled “Time to Wake Up,” and loud commercials are definitely one way to wake yourself up.


A dozen years ago, after television viewers complained that the advertisements were often too loud, Congress passed the CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act of 2010.

The bill required the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to pass a regulation limiting the volume of television commercials. The FCC’s resulting rule, mandating commercials have the same average volume as the accompanying program, was adopted in 2011 and went into effect in 2012.

The problem is, the rule only applied to broadcast, cable, and satellite television. The next year, the streaming television revolution truly began, when Netflix’s House of Cards became the first …

Sponsor and status

Sheldon Whitehouse

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 10, 2022
Length: 8 pages
May 10, 2022
117th Congress (2021–2023)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 10, 2022, 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)



May 10, 2022

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

S. 4173 (117th) 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 S. 4173. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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