(CNN) - Congress is on the verge of turning down the volume on television commercials, which at times are louder than the programming on the nation's airwaves.
The Senate unanimously approved the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act Thursday before leaving town for the midterm elections. The House passed a similar bill last year, but because it was slightly different than the Senate legislation the House must still approve the Senate version.
A spokesman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who authored the House bill, said the issue would be addressed when Congress returns after the election.
"Every American has likely experienced the frustration of abrasively loud television commercials," Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, said in a statement. "While this may be an effective way for ads to grab attention, it also adds unnecessary stress to the daily lives of many Americans. Last night's action in the Senate will help end this annoying practice."