(UPI) — Democratic leaders said Monday they will force the Senate to vote Wednesday on a bill to save Internet neutrality rules ushered in by former President Barack Obama’s administration.
The Federal Communications Commission decided last week the rules — designed to support a “free and fair” Internet — would expire June 10.
Under the Congressional Review Act, 30 lawmakers can force a Senate vote and a simple majority can pass it. Currently, all 49 Senate Democrats and one Republican appear ready to force the vote.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y., and Democratic Sens. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, Bill Nelson of Florida and Brian Schatz of Hawaii said Monday they will lead their colleagues in forcing the vote Wednesday.
Markey introduced the legislation to use CRA authority to undo the FCC’s vote to repeal the net neutrality regulations.
“From the GOP tax scam, to attacks on the Affordable Care Act, to rolling back fuel economy standards, and to net neutrality, the Trump administration has repeatedly ignored the needs of everyday American families,” Markey said. “We can send a clear message to American families that we support them, not the special interest agenda of President Trump and his broadband baron allies.”
If the resolution passes Wednesday, it would still face a House vote — where it could encounter more opposition. Ultimately, it would require President Donald Trump’s signature, or enough support to override a veto.
Trump has said he favors the repeal.
The call for Wednesday’s vote follows Democrats filing a discharge petition last week with the intent to to force the vote.
If the regulations are repealed, the telecom industry would be free from rules barring businesses from manipulating access to online content.
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