Leahy, Sanders, Welch Help Introduce Resolution To Reinstate Net Neutrality

On the Net Neutrality National Day of Action, Senate and House Democrats – including Vermont’s Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), and Rep. Peter Welch (D) -- introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) partisan decision on net neutrality.  Leahy, Sanders and Welch are all original cosponsors of the House and Senate resolutions to fully restore the 2015 Open Internet Order.

The Senate CRA resolution of disapproval, led by Senator Markey (D-Mass.) has 50 Senate supporters, including Republican Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine.). The partner resolution in the House of Representatives, introduced by Rep. Michael Doyle (D-Pa.) and cosponsored by Welch, currently has 150 supporters.

The FCC’s Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online.  Repealing these net neutrality rules could lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites. A recent poll showed that 83 percent of Americans do not approve of the FCC’s action to repeal net neutrality rules.

In a joint statement, Leahy, Sanders and Welch said:  “The free and open character of the internet guaranteed by Net Neutrality rules is essential for all Americans.  It’s vital for small businesses, rural libraries and every Vermonter who uses the internet.  This is a resolution to return the internet to Americans from the ISPs and big corporations who benefitted from the Trump Administration’s decision to repeal Net Neutrality.”

A copy of the CRA resolution can be found HERE.

Last week the FCC’s rule repealing net neutrality was published in the Federal Register, leaving 60 legislative days to seek a vote on the Senate floor on the CRA resolutions.  In order to force a vote on the Senate resolution, Markey will submit a discharge petition, which requires a minimum of 30 senators’ signature.  Once the discharge petition is filed, Markey and all Senate Democrats will demand a vote on the resolution. 

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