As Planned, Democratic Senators Force Net Neutrality Vote
Senate Democrats today used the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on net neutrality. The party has been pushing the issue for most of the year. Sen. Ed Markey (D) has amassed a total of 50 supporters in the Senate, all 48 Democrats, one independent, and Republican Susan Collins of Maine. Democrats will need at least one more Republican to cross the aisle to halt the FCC's repeal of net neutrality. The Congressional Review Act allows congress to recall legislation within a 60-day period of its enactment. The FCC's changes to net neutrality became effective last month. The forced vote may take place as soon as next week. Even if the vote is successful, the Senate bid would likely fail in the Republican-held House of Representatives and, more importantly, on the desk of President Donald Trump. The main goal here is to force Democrats and Republicans alike to go on the record with what side of the issue they support. The Democrats will likely then use the results as fodder in the 2018 mid-term elections.
May 1, 2018
Senate Democrats are looking to make net neutrality a campaign issue heading into the 2018 mid-term elections and will kick things off May 9 with a vote. Sen.
May 16, 2018
Democrats in the Senate forced a vote on net neutrality today and walked away victorious. Members of the Senate voted 52-47 to retain the net neutrality regulations put in place by the Obama administration that were later nixed by the FCC.
Jun 11, 2018
American consumers are no longer protected by the net neutrality regulations put in place in 2015 by the Obama administration. The rules were voted down by the Republican-led FCC in December 2017 and effectively evaporate today.
Jul 17, 2018
Colorado Representative Mike Coffman, a Republican, is the first member of the GOP to take a real stand for net neutrality. Today Coffman signed a discharge petition in an attempt to force a vote on the Congressional Review Act resolution with the aim of reversing FCC Chairman Ajit Pai's repeal of net neutrality regulations.