The Senate Republican leadership -- in a last minute, pre-election payoff to political supporters in the Religious Right -- is prepared to pass legislation granting special licensing rights to religious broadcasters.
Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) tried to force the "Noncommercial Broadcasting Freedom of Expression Act" (H.R. 4201) through the Senate last Friday, but failed. Congressional observers believe it could come to the Senate floor for a vote as early as this week as an amendment to a larger bill. Read more