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Senate Democrats Move Ball Over Net Neutrality Rules

May 16, 2018

Senate Democrats emerged victorious–but more so the nation emerged victorious– following Wednesday’s showdown vote on the floor of 52-47 to undo the FCC’s December repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules.   The action shows what can happen when Democrats are able to lead the way.

I give a shout-out to Republican Senators Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John Kennedy who bravely crossed party lines to vote in favor of using the Congressional Review Act to scrap the FCC’s repeal order. The late addition of Murkowski and Kennedy expanded what had been a razor-thin margin of victory.  Before this afternoon, Collins had been the sole Republican pledging to vote with the Democrats, giving them the 50-49 simple majority they needed for victory in the absence of John McCain.

This was a most important policy move for the people of this nation.

The legislative victory is fleeting because the House does not intend to take similar action, but Democrats are planning to carry the political fight over Internet access into the 2018 midterms.

We will ultimately prevail on this matter.

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