Somewhere, someplace, there is a mute button on a TV remote control that will live a longer and happier life — all thanks to Congress.
Not to be upstaged by such trifles as addressing the deficit, the House found time on the calendar to pass a bill to stamp out loud commercials, or, more accurately, ads that try to grab the viewer's attention with a sudden increase in volume.
If nothing else, the legislation has the requisite catchy title: the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, or CALM Act.
Who could possibly vote against calm? No one, evidently. On Thursday, the House passed this bill on a voice vote (sotto voce, I hope). The Senate passed this bill by unanimous consent.
Nikki Watts, a spokeswoman for Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, says the office has heard from constituents who don't like loud commercials.
Who'd have guessed? Personally, that gratingly over-the-top pitchwoman for Progressive insurance never fails to set my teeth on edge. I just never would have thought to call my congressional representative.
But I can only conclude that constituents are getting the Congress they've asked for.
Now, can we mute that debate over the Bush tax cuts? Don't count on it.