Brown: Net Neutrality Vote Could Bring More Pressure on GOP
- Author: Latoya Cobb May 17, 2018,
May 17, 2018, 1:25
But the vote set for Wednesday does force lawmakers to go on record supporting - or opposing - net neutrality ahead of the midterm election. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) - enables Congress to overturn agency actions within a certain timeframe and by majority vote.
But Schumer says the Senate vote will not be a wasted effort. It only requires a simple majority to be successful.
However, the measure is unlikely to pass in the U.S. House and even if it were would have to be approved by President Trump.
Net neutrality has been championed by congressional Democrats, who hope that their support of an open internet will appeal to young voters. "Our approach will help promote digital opportunity-that is, making high-speed Internet access available to every single American so that they can be participants in, rather than spectators of, our digital economy". "The choice should be clear-the American public should always come first".
Equally as predictably, Commissioner JESSICA ROSENWORCEL took the opposite position from PAI, with a statement reading "Today the UNITED STATES Senate took a big step to fix the serious mess the FCC made when it rolled back net neutrality late past year". Unlike the two-thirds, or 60-vote, majority senators must typically obtain to pass a piece of legislation, senators need only a 51-vote majority to pass something under a CRA vote.
Passing the Senate, in a way, was the easiest part of this whole process.
Thune has been pushing for bipartisan legislation, a draft of which he proposed in 2015, that would give the FCC limited authority to enforce net neutrality protections.
The vote is obviously good news for net neutrality proponents, but it's also just the first step, and the next will be much more hard.
But most Republicans opposed the effort, saying the regulations were potentially too onerous and Democrats were trying to use the issue for partisan gains in November.
All 49 Democrats in the Senate voted in favor of the bill, along with Republicans Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
The odds of passing in the House of Representatives are longer.
Trade groups representing internet providers sent a letter to Capitol Hill on Tuesday urging lawmakers to vote against the CRA.
A similar resolution in the House, authored by Congressman Mike Doyle, a Democrat from Pennsylvania, has garnered 162 co-sponsors, all Democrats.
If Senate Democrats are successful in reaching the majority, the resolution will go to on to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives, where its passage would be more hard, according to CNN.
"That would be, I think, a decision that would be debated internally and intensely inside of the Oval Office".
Backers of the "Restoring Internet Freedom order" argued that they support future innovation.