Apparently the controversy died down enough to make the Senate Commerce Committee feel comfortable with pulling the Protecting Consumer Phone Records Act from consideration at the last minute. According to a statement, the committee was "concerned that because of a series of stacked votes on the Senate floor, it would be too difficult for members to fully debate and vote on amendments that a number of committee members, both Republicans and Democrats, intended to offer to the phone-records bill." There has been a fight about the proposed bill as it pertained to states' rights. State regulators were waging a fight against a provision in the bill that would eliminate state-regulatory oversight of telephone records and allow only state attorneys general to sue to stop privacy violations.
To read more about the pulled mobile-phone privacy bill:
- take a look at this piece from RCR Wireless News