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

04:55  17 may  2018
04:55  17 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Senate Dems move to force net neutrality vote

  Senate Dems move to force net neutrality vote Some Democrats foreshadowed pushing to make the internet regulations a campaign issue."I believe that today kicks off the most important day for the internet that the Senate has ever seen," said Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who is spearheading the net neutrality push in the Senate.

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.

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 See also: Senate Dems move to force net neutrality vote . House Republicans, Defying Leaders, Move to Force Immigration Votes .

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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.

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Democratic Representative Mike Doyle of Pennsylvania has stated he intends to launch a discharge petition to force a net neutrality vote in the House , if just 25 Republicans vote with all the Democrats in the House , it will force a floor vote

A coalition of House Democrats has begun proceedings to force a vote to restore net neutrality protections. The discharge petition , introduced by Rep . Mike Doyle (D-PA), allows the House to force a vote if half the representatives sign on

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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