“Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the committee’s ranking Democrat, who had pushed for a public hearing for two years, said she had been personally frustrated with charges on her pay-TV bill and told pay-TV executives testifying Thursday that ‘nobody knows how get the lowest price from you guys . . . I think the secret sauce is to get really mad,'” Fernandez reports. “Ohio Republican Rob Portman, the committee’s chairman, said the inability of Time Warner Cable to refund overbilled charges amounted to a ‘ripoff’ for consumers. He repeatedly returned to the issue through the two-hour hearing, noting that 44,000 Ohio residents had been overcharged by Time Warner Cable in 2015. According to a committee estimate, Time Warner Cable and Charter will overbill customers nationwide $7.2 million this year.”
Fernandez reports, “Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said the nation has many other big problems, such as the projected trillions of dollars in deficits for Social Security and Medicare, and questioned the importance of Thursday’s topic, noting, ‘We need to keep this hearing in perspective and not get carried away.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Smart move by the senators: They finally found somebody U.S. citizens hate more than them.