The CRA vote will call on all senators to cast a vote on a bill that would be the first step in a Congressional effort to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) decision past year to repeal net neutrality rules-which ensures that all internet traffic is treated equally.
"This isn't about serious legislating", said Sen.
The effort, which has built momentum in recent weeks, also is meant to elevate net neutrality as a political issue in the fall elections.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the vote disappointing but added that "ultimately, I'm confident that their effort to reinstate heavy-handed government regulation of the Internet will fail".
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. "The answer, for the overwhelming majority of Americans, is 'Yes'". "We don't let water companies or phone companies discriminate against customers; we don't restrict access to interstate highways, saying you can ride on the highway, and you can't", Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said.
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U.S. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, praised chamber lawmakers Wednesday for supporting his effort to protect "net neutrality" regulations, offering that the success of his resolution to block new FCC internet rules should send a message to Republican leaders and the White House. "People underestimate the passion of Internet voters, at their peril".
"We need to make it clear that they should be more afraid of us than they are of them".
But net neutrality supporters prefer tougher rules over ISPs and Democrats in Congress opted to propose a Congressional Review Act vote to overturn the 2017 measure (the CRA is a quick way to nix newly-passed regulations within 60 legislative days of passage). According to data provided by Google, net neutrality regularly ranks among top political searches in each state. Earlier today, the Senate voted to open debate on the measure, with three Republicans joining Democrats to enable the final vote at 3 PM ET. "If Congress wants to weigh in on net neutrality, it should not act inaptly, but rather affirmatively to adopt a law clearly embodying the policies and practices it deems appropriate".
Senator Hassan speaks with Stonyfield employees about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality would have on rural businesses. And it will continue to be free and open once the Restoring Internet Freedom Order takes effect on JUNE 11th. "This is one of those areas where Washington, D.C., sometimes gets in a bubble and doesn't recognize what's going on in the rest of the country", said Sen.
"Well, some on the other side of the aisle reached the cynical conclusion that exploiting concern about the internet outweighed the value of working with Republicans to pass net neutrality protections". Murkowski spent about 30 minutes on the Senate floor discussing that procedural vote with key Republicans and Democrats before making her decision.