Pence urges Congress to vote on media shield law
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is urging congressional leaders to bring a revived federal media shield law to a vote on the floors of the U.S. House and Senate.
Pence was the author of a 2009 media shield bill that cleared the House but never made it to the Senate floor for a vote. He wrote House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and the two chambers' minority leaders urging them to bring the new measure to a vote.
The controversy over the government's secret subpoena of Associated Press telephone records has led to the reintroduction of the media shield bill in both the Senate and House.
The legislation would allow reporters to not reveal confidential news sources in federal court proceedings except in certain circumstances.
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