President Reagan asked the Congress last week to enact legislation that would place child pornography under federal racketeering statutes in order to expand the government's prosecutorial power.
Warning child pornographers that their "days are numbered," the President said the legislation was a response to grassroots demand for federal action.
The proposal would make it a crime to receive or possess obscene material with intent to sell and would give prosecutors the right to move against computer networks and against parents who permit their children to be used in pornography.
The Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee last week unanimously approved the nomination of Linus Wright as undersecretary of education, clearing the way for a vote by the full Senate.
The committee held no hearings because Mr. Wright, currently superintendent of schools in Dallas, faced no opposition, said an aide to Chairman Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts.
The Federal Communications Commission has voted to review its 1984 decision to abandon advertising limits during children's television programming. The commission also plans to consider whether to limit programming involving manufacturers' "interactive" toys.