timberland boots womens Ed Markey says just 1 Republican vote needed in Senate effort to overturn FCC ruling
Senate Democrats announced Tuesday that although they have enough support to force a vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of Obama era internet regulations, they need the backing of just one more chamber Republican to help restore so called net neutrality rules. Sen. Sens. Sen. Susan Collins, R Maine, have come out in support of his Congressional Review Act resolution to overturn the FCC’s controversial ruling putting the effort just one member shy of Senate approval.
Contending that the FCC’s ruling “turned a deaf ear to millions of Americans” who supported the Obama administration’s net neutrality rules, the Massachusetts Democrat stressed that such a resolution is needed to protect internet access and ensure a level playing field.
Markey added that “the FCC is in need of having the Senate act because this is an action that goes right to the heart of job creation in Massachusetts and across our country.”
“To be clear, there will be a vote on the floor of the United States Senate to restore net neutrality as the law of the land,” he said during a Boston news conference.
Under the CRA, which allows Congress to reverse federal agencies’ regulatory actions, just 30 senators are needed to force a floor vote on a resolution of disapproval.
Senate Democrats will formally introduce their resolution after the FCC rule is submitted to Congress and published in the federal register. They will force a vote within 60 legislative days, Markey’s office said. Rep. Mike Doyle, D Pennsylvania, plans to introduce a similar resolution in the House.
Resolutions under the act must receive a simple majority vote in both the House and Senate before an agencies’ regulatory actions can be overturned.
Markey said Senate Democrats will spend the coming months building grassroots support for the effort an issue which he noted millennials watching closely.
“They know the loss of net neutrality means a loss of control over the internet, which is oxygen to them,” he said. “We cannot let that happen. There will be a political price to pay for those who are on the wrong side of the internet’s history.”
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer added that his caucus is “committed to fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where (internet service providers) are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers, while average consumers are left with far inferior options.”
“When we force a vote on this bill, Republicans in Congress will for the first time have the opportunity to right the administration’s wrong and show the American people whose side they’re on: big ISPs and major corporations or consumers, entrepreneurs, and small business owners,” he said in a statement.
FCC votes to repeal net neutrality rules for internet providers
The FCC approved the “Restoring Internet Freedom” proposal, which called for repealing Obama era standards that subjected internet providers to Title II utility style regulations, on a 3 to 2 vote during its Dec. 14 open meeting.
Supporters of the proposal said it was needed to address the “heavy handed, utility style regulation on internet service providers” the commission imposed in 2015 rules which they argued led to a drop in broadband investment and stifled innovation.
Opponents, however, have raised concerns that the commission’s decision could lead to internet service providers slowing down, blocking online traffic or setting up internet “fast lanes.”