Members of Congress introduce some ten thousand bills and resolutions in each two-year session of Congress, only a small fraction of which are seriously considered and fewer still enacted as law.Not only that, according to the page on Govtrack.us that explains Committee Assignments:
But that's not all. Our bill is in the hands of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. How much competition does our bill have so far, given that this two-year session of Congress will likely see more bills introduced? According to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce page on Govtrack.us, around a thousand bills are competing with ours for attention!
Most bills begin by being considered by one or several congressional committees which may "report" the bill favorably or unfavorably to the Senate or House as a whole allowing it to receive consideration by the full body and move forward, or may fail to consider a bill at all preventing the bill from moving forward. Most bills never receive any committee consideration and are never reported out. House bills start in House committees and enter Senate committees only after being passed by the House...
This does not mean we can't do it. We can!! It is going to take a huge, collaborative effort in the deaf and hard of hearing community to get the attention of Congress. The Coalition of Organizations for Accessible Technology (COAT) and its affiliates is working hard to get support. Caption Action 2 is working hard to rally even more troops. We need a huge army of supporters if this bill is going to have a serious chance!