Democrats notch rare Senate victory with vote to restore net neutrality

Source: Washington Examiner | May 16, 2018 | Susan Ferrechio

Senate Democrats and a handful of Republicans passed a resolution Wednesday aimed at restoring “net neutrality” regulations that the Federal Communications Commission killed last year, thanks to a parliamentary tactic that gave the minority a unique opportunity to control the Senate floor agenda.

Lawmakers voted 52-47 to pass a resolution that would reverse an FCC decision ending an Obama-era rule requiring the government to regulate the Internet like it does the telecommunications industry.

Three Republicans voted with Democrats to pass the measure, providing a rare victory for Democrats: Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

But the victory may be limited to the Senate. The resolution now heads to likely defeat in the GOP-led House, where House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has no plans to bring it up for a vote.

Without House passage, the FCC decision to end the Obama-era rule will take effect on June 12.

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