Consumerist In The Congressional Record

In a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) thanked The Consumerist for supporting H.R. 3541, The Do Not Call Improvement Act.

The common-sense measure will make Do Not Call List registrations permanent, preventing them from expiring after five years. Without Congressman Doyle’s bill, 50 million numbers could fall from the list in 2008. The House has already passed the measure, and Senators are expected to give their assent when they return from a holiday recess free from the interruptions of telemarketers.

Consumerist is the first Gawker blog to appear in the Congressional Record.
Neato Freato!

The Congressional Record [Government Printing Office]
Liveblogging The Do Not Call Improvement Act and CPSC Reform Act Committee Markups

Should Do Not Call List Registrations Last Forever?


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  1. trollkiller says:


  2. LucyInTheSky says:


  3. cuiusquemodi says:

    Consumerist is the first Gawker blog to appear in the Congressional Record.

    Funny, I always thought it would be Fleshbot or Wonkette .

  4. cuiusquemodi says:

    @cuiusquemodi: I meant to close that.

  5. RandomHookup says:

    I think this is number 4 on the lists of signs of the impending apocalypse.

  6. neobolts says:

    ePeen, meet gPeen.

  7. Bladefist says:

    nice work consumerist. you’re going places. take me with you!

  8. eightfifteen says:

    You guys do great work – about time you got recognized for it.

  9. mykmelez says:

    Now if only there was a Do Not (Postal) Mail act. Unfortunately that’ll be a hard sell given how much money the USPS makes from junk mail.

  10. mac-phisto says:

    @mykmelez: or how about the “do not drop 17 phone books on my front porch” act.

    i wish there was a way i could stop those form coming…

  11. W00T! That is so awesome!

  12. Crymson_77 says:

    Congrats Consumerist!!!

    @mykmelez: I definitely agree! Of course, if the USPS didn’t have a failing business model, maybe that wouldn’t be an issue… :)

  13. nlatimer says:

    Did he actually mention you in a speech, or was it just inserted into the Congressional Record, a very common occurrence.

    From John Stossel:
    Every night that Congress is in session, stenographers take down every historic word and ship them off to the Government Printing Office. The printing office stays open all night to be sure the official record will be on every member’s desk by the following morning. That sounds important.

    But the Record isn’t a record of what was said in Congress — the politicians wouldn’t subject themselves to that. The Record is a record of what the members want you to think they said.

    That’s fraud, twice over. It’s a fraud on the public, which believes the millions Congress spends on the Record are spent to document what actually happens in Congress. And it’s a fraud on those of you who think your congressman talked about you.

    The waste calculates out to almost $675 a page.