Congress Turning Down Volume of TV Commercials Measure clears Senate, should be law soon By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 30, 2010 5:55 PM CDT 28 comments Comments Turn down the volume, please. (Shutterstock) (Newser) – Bipartisan agreement on the this one: The Senate unanimously passed a bill that outlaws blaring TV commercials, the AP reports. Because the House already cleared a similar measure, this one's destined to become law soon after minor differences are ironed out. Under the CALM act, TV stations have to make sure that commercials are no louder than the programs they interrupt. Broadcasters will have a year to get the logistics in place.