Lawmakers: spam bill is a turkey

Thursday, 27 November 2003, 3:32 PM EST

Not a single United States senator voted against the anti-spam bill wending its way toward the White House. In the House of Representatives, 392 members clamored forth to support the nation's first legislation to combat unwanted, unsolicited commercial e-mail.

Only five said no, with two of those coming from technology-savvy Silicon Valley lawmakers.

Reps. Zoe Lofgren (D.-CA) and Mike Honda (D.-CA) said they voted against the landmark anti-spam bill because the legislation is simply not tough enough and that consumers deserve better. Both said they support the stricter standards of their state's recently passed anti-spam law, an opt-in measure that allows individual consumers to sue spammers.

The California law, which is set to take effect in January, and anti-spam bills in 35 other states are pre-empted by the new federal law, which will soon be presented to President Bush for his promised signature by the end of the year.

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