Senator Chuck Schumer Promises A Vote To Restore Net Neutrality
Recently, the FCC passed a rule overturning the 2015 rule instituting net neutrality. The FCC voted 3-2 along partisan lines with the Republicans supporting the end of net neutrality and the Democrats opposing it. Despite the vote falling along party lines, the issue itself is largely nonpartisan with a majority of both Republican and Democratic voters opposing the FCC’s recent decision.
However, despite the FCC’s decision, the battle isn’t over. Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer has vowed to force a vote on the issue of net neutrality. Under the Congressional Review Act, Congress holds the power to nullify decisions made by various regulatory agencies within 60 days of the rules being passed. Furthermore, CRA votes can be passed with a simple majority negating the use of a filibuster to stall legislation.
“It’s in our power to do that and that’s the beauty of the CRA rule,” Schumer said. “Sometimes we don’t like them, when they used it to repeal some of the pro-environmental regulations, but now we can use the CRA to our benefit, and we intend to.”
That being said, the filibuster is normally a tactic used by the minority party to block unpopular legislation. In order for this bill to pass, Democrats would need to convince Republicans in the House and Senate to go along with the repeal. Despite net neutrality’s strong support from a majority of the American electorate, the GOP may be unwilling to overturn the FCC’s decision. Even if they do, President Donald Trump can veto the bill which would require 2/3 majority in both houses of Congress to overrule it.
Aside from the CRA, one of the other steps being taken in the fight for net neutrality are the court systems. Various state Attorneys General have pledged to file lawsuits challenging the FCC’s decision. This is partially due to the fact that, in addition, to overturning 2015’s net neutrality rules, the FCC’s recent vote prevented states from passing their own net neutrality rules.
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