The campaign to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s recent net-neutrality repeal just reached an important milestone.
Thirty senators have now signed on to the resolution sponsorship which would nullify the swiftly-set repeal. Thirty, of course, is the magic number needed to force a new vote on the Federal Communications Commission’s recent move.
Claire McCaskill, of Missouri, is the latest senator to sign onto the effort, moving forward the Senate bill that has the power to reverse the FCC’s decision to repeal net neutrality. Proposed by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass) the bill aims to use the Congressional authority set forth in the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to reverse the FCC’s decision to rollback the very popular net neutrality rules.
According to Markey, “We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb. Republicans are faced with a choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with the special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”
Under the CRA, when a joint resolution of disapproval bill has enough support (30 signatures, essentially), it can then bypass a committee review and, therefore, has a fast track to a floor vote. If this bill, then, is passed into law, it will vacate the previous FCC vote—from last month—and, more importantly, stop the agency from trying to repeal the same rules again at any point in the future.
And with this addition, lawmakers now have 60 legislative days from the time the FCC submits its regulations to Congress to pass this CRA. Of course, this repeal order is now awaiting approval from the Office of Management and Budget.
Obviously, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have fought hard to win the simple majority needed for the bill to reach the President; and they will continue to fight. Meanwhile, Democrats—and activists—see a ray of light in this effort that will certainly force lawmakers in the GOP to take an official stance for or against the measure, in an election year where consumer protections is easily among the most popular topics with voters.
Fight for the Future activist, Evan Greer, comments, “Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue. Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant.”