Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

ONE DAY left in this Mid-Year Campaign. This is our hour of need.
If you value independent journalism, please support Common Dreams.

Join the small group of generous readers who donate, keeping Common Dreams free for millions of people each year. Without your help, we won’t survive.

For Immediate Release

Contact

Timothy Karr, 201-533-8838

Press Release

The Senate Clears the First Hurdle Toward Rejecting the Trump FCC's Attack on Net Neutrality

WASHINGTON -

On Monday, sponsorship for Sen. Ed Markey’s resolution of disapproval of last month’s Net Neutrality repeal reached 30 senators, with Sen. Claire McCaskill the most recent to sign on. The 30-sponsors mark in the Senate is significant because under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), that’s the total number of votes needed to discharge a resolution and take it to a vote on the Senate floor.

This specific resolution, which would overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s unpopular Dec. 14 decision to destroy Net Neutrality, will be introduced after the agency delivers the final rules to Congress in the coming weeks.

Under the CRA, Congress has 60 legislative days from the time the rules are submitted to vote to reject the FCC repeal. A resolution requires only a simple majority in both chambers.

Sen. Markey (D–Massachusetts) announced on the day of the FCC vote that he would introduce a resolution of disapproval in the Senate. The sponsor list now includes Markey, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D–New York), and Sens. Ron Wyden (D–Oregon), Maria Cantwell (D–Washington), Brian Schatz (D–Hawaii), Richard Blumenthal (D–Connecticut), Sheldon Whitehouse (D–Rhode Island), Jeff Merkley (D–Oregon), Kirsten Gillibrand (D–New York), Tammy Baldwin (D–Wisconsin), Martin Heinrich (D–New Mexico), Maggie Hassan (D–New Hampshire), Amy Klobuchar (D–Minnesota), Gary Peters (D–Michigan), Debbie Stabenow (D–Michigan), Patrick Leahy (D–Vermont), Bernie Sanders (I–Vermont), Sherrod Brown (D–Ohio), Jack Reed (D–Rhode Island), Tim Kaine (D–Virginia), Elizabeth Warren (D–Massachusetts), Dick Durbin (D–Illinois), Michael Bennet (D–Colorado), Jeanne Shaheen (D–New Hampshire), Chris Van Hollen (D–Maryland), Ben Cardin (D–Maryland), Mazie Hirono (D–Hawaii), Tammy Duckworth (D–Illinois), Kamala Harris (D–California) and Claire McCaskill (D–Missouri).

According to many recent polls, strong majorities of both Republican and Democratic voters oppose the FCC decision to repeal the Net Neutrality rules. A University of Maryland poll from December 2017 found that more than 83 percent of voters favor keeping the rules, including 75 percent of Republicans, 89 percent of Democrats and 86 percent of independents.

Free Press Action Fund Policy Director Matt Wood made the following statement:

“Supporting Net Neutrality should be a no-brainer for members of Congress, whose constituents from across the political spectrum are united in their opposition to the Trump FCC’s attack on the open internet. More and more lawmakers are recognizing this truth, helped along by the forceful outcry from the people they represent.

“If lawmakers care at all about the open internet, they should support this resolution to restore the Net Neutrality rules and Title II.

“People have logged more than a million calls to Congress to reject FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s decision to kill Net Neutrality on Dec. 14. Regardless of party affiliation, all elected officials should stand with their constituents and restore the 2015 protections that protect free speech, choice and innovation online.”

###

Free Press was created to give people a voice in the crucial decisions that shape our media. We believe that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities.

As US Rolls Back Reproductive Rights, Sierra Leone Moves to Decriminalize Abortion

"I'm hopeful today's announcement gives activists in the U.S., and especially Black women given the shared history, a restored faith that change is possible and progress can be made."

Brett Wilkins ·


'Indefensible': Outrage as New Reporting Shines Light on Biden Deal With McConnell

The president has reportedly agreed to nominate an anti-abortion Republican to a lifetime judgeship. In exchange, McConnell has vowed to stop blocking two Biden picks for term-limited U.S. attorney posts.

Jake Johnson ·


Assange Makes Final Appeal Against US Extradition

"If Julian Assange is not free, neither are we," said a protester at a Friday demonstration against the WikiLeaks founder's impending transfer. "None of us is free."

Brett Wilkins ·


'Payoff for 40 Years of Dark Money': Supreme Court Delivers for Corporate America

"It was the conservative court's larger agenda to gut the regulatory state and decimate executive powers to protect Americans' health and safety," warned one expert.

Jake Johnson ·


NARAL Pro-Choice Endorses Fetterman—Who Vows to End Senate Filibuster to Protect Abortion Rights

"We know we can count on him to boldly fight for abortion rights and access," said the head of one of the nation's largest reproductive rights advocacy groups.

Jon Queally ·

Common Dreams Logo