Offbeat Dem rep to launch discharge petition to force net neutrality vote in House

04:55  17 may  2018
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Senate votes to save net neutrality rules

  Senate votes to save net neutrality rules The Senate on Wednesday voted to reinstate the FCC's net neutrality rules, passing a bill that has little chance of advancing in the House but offers net neutrality supporters and Democrats a political rallying point for the midterm elections.Democrats were able to force Wednesday's vote using an obscure legislative tool known as the Congressional Review Act (CRA). CRA bills allow Congress, with a majority vote in each chamber and the p resident's signature, to overturn recent agency moves.

Senate to vote on net neutrality following game-changing petition . Edward Markey (D-Mass.) announced on Monday that he will file a discharge petition as part of the Congressional Review Act (CRA) on May 9–paving the way to force a vote on the Senate floor regarding the issue.

Rep . Mike Pence (R-Ind.) has persuaded nearly every House Republican to sign a discharge petition that would force a floor vote on legislation banning the so-called Fairness Doctrine.

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Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.) said Wednesday he intends to launch a discharge petition in an effort to force a House vote on reinstating the Federal Communication Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules.

"It's about protecting small businesses, students, innovators, entrepreneurs and competition. These are the policies that every American benefits from and it enables our modern economy," Doyle said at a press conference after the Senate passed a bill reinstating net neutrality.

"That's why I have introduced companion (Congressional Review Act) in the House and I'm going to continue to work with the leadership in the House to bring this to the floor," he added.

FCC: U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will end on June 11

  FCC: U.S. 'net neutrality' rules will end on June 11 <p>The Federal Communications Commission said in a notice on Thursday that landmark 2015 U.S. open-internet rules will cease on June 11.</p>The FCC in December repealed the Obama-era "net neutrality" rules, allowing internet providers to block or slow websites as long as they disclose the practice. The FCC said the new rules will take effect on June 11.

Susan Collins (R-Maine) in filing a discharge petition to force a vote under the Congressional Review Act, in an effort spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.). “By passing my CRA resolution to put net neutrality back on the books

House Democratic leaders will begin circulating a discharge petition Friday in hopes of forcing a vote on a "clean" spending bill. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) launched their discharge - petition effort Friday after an afternoon meeting in the Capitol, where the Democratic

Congressional Review Act (CRA) bills allow Congress to overturn agency decisions with majority votes in each chamber, and a signature from the president.

In addition to the CRA, Doyle said he intends to launch a discharge petition on Thursday morning. If 25 Republicans and every Democrat in the House sign the petition, it would force a vote.

Doyle urged citizens to phone their lawmaker and encourage them to sign the petition. He said those who don't support maintaining net neutrality will be held accountable at the polls in November.

At the same press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) called on Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to bring the CRA to the House floor, urging Republicans to back it.

The Senate version of the bill passed on Wednesday, 52-47. Three Republicans - Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and John Kennedy (La.) - joined their Democratic colleagues in supporting the bill.

Most Republican lawmakers have downplayed the need for net neutrality rules, arguing it is a case of overregulation.

The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines in December to repeal its Obama-era Open Internet Order.

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