When Trump-appointed FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced early this year that he would seek to roll back Obama-era net neutrality rules, most people thought that it would be game over. Changing FCC rules requires a simple majority vote of FCC Commissioners, and the party that controls the executive branch also controls the majority of seats on the FCC.
As predicted, the FCC voted to overturn net neutrality rules in November, 3-2 along party lines. But House Democrats have quietly put forward a bill using the Congressional Review Act, a little-known piece of legislation that up to now, had almost exclusively been used by Republicans to overturn federal rules put in place by the Obama administration. Against all the odds, the bill is collecting co-sponsors and even Republican support, and it now looks like it has a realistic chance of getting the votes to pass through the Senate.
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How the Democrats are using Republicans’ favorite move to try to preserve net neutrality originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 9 Jan 2018 at 17:31:38 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.