Democrats are winning the battle of net neutrality one vote at a time. The Senate bill is planning to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal net neutrality.
As of Monday a 30th co-sponsor was locked up, guaranteeing the bill will receive a vote on the Senate floor.
The final signer was Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) makes the support for this bill way over the requirement for protocol to bypass committee approval.
Should the bill move into law it would use Congress’s power, under the Congressional Review Act, to reverse the FCC’s rollback of their well known net neutrality rules.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is the man pushing this legislation.
“We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb,” Markey said on Monday. “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.”
Via The Hill:With Republicans in control of both the House and Senate, the bill faces long odds to win the simple majorities it needs to reach the president’s desk. But Democrats and activists see a clear upside in forcing GOP lawmakers to take an official stance during an election year on the consumer protections, which polls have shown to be popular among voters.
“Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue,” said Evan Greer, an activist with the group Fight for the Future, which has promised to rally voters around the issue in the midterm elections. “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.”