As anyone that is active on the internet recently should be aware, the FCC recently passed a dramatic vote to throw out an Obama era Net Neutrality regulatory decision. The FCC vote changed the regulatory body responsible for oversight of ISPs (Internet Service Providers) from the FCC to the FTC.
The decision was widely criticized along party lines, some going as far to say that it would kill the internet as we know it. For more information about this particular FCC vote or the topic of net neutrality in general, check out our article here.
If you would like to read up on Kim’s personal opinion on the matter, you can find it here.
FCC decision faces pushback
The FCC vote that took place last month faced sharp criticism for appearing to be strictly along party lines; the Democrats voting to uphold the Obama era regulations, and the Republicans voting in favor of the new measure to repeal them.
It should come as no surprise then to note that Democrats in the Senate were very anxious about the results of this vote, and have been steadily gathering support for a resolution that would nullify the FCC decision.
This anxiety has finally reached its first major milestone in securing 30 Senate signees in favor of their resolution. As one would expect, the tally so far is 29 Democrats and one Independent (Sen. Bernie Sanders).
The resolution is drafted under the Congressional Review Act, which allows Congress to overturn new regulations imposed by federal agencies by a simple majority in both houses.
It has been used extremely frequently in the past year to overturn Obama era regulations issued in the final months of the administration.
With 30 Senators on board, they are hoping to force a floor vote on the FCC’s net neutrality decision.
The road ahead
Although a Senate floor vote for the resolution is now possible since the required number of sponsors have signed on, there are still significant hurdles ahead.
First, since there are no Republicans on board, the resolution will likely be defeated in a floor vote. And even if Congress votes in favor of the resolution, President Trump will most likely side with the FCC’s decision and veto it anyway.
However, supporters of net neutrality are hoping that the vote will force Republican lawmakers to go on the record with their stance, which can affect their campaign in the upcoming fall midterm elections.
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