Next Week on the Hill: House Tees Up Bill to Restore Net Neutrality

Both chambers of Congress have wrapped up their legislative work for this week and will reconvene next Monday. In the House, Democratic leadership has teed up a bill (H.R. 1644) that would undo the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal of the 2015 Open Internet Order. The bill — which cleared the Energy and Commerce Committee on a party-line vote following a contentious markup — is expected to pass the lower chamber but is considered dead-on-arrival in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Elsewhere on the House floor next week, lawmakers could begin consideration of the House Democrats' proposal to raise discretionary spending caps. The legislation provides for a $17 billion increase above FY 2019 budget caps for defense spending and a $34 billion bump above that level for non-defense. The proposed budget caps deal comes in lieu of a budget resolution, which House Democrats have abandoned due to intraparty schisms over progressive ideas such as the Green New Deal and “Medicare for All.”

In the upper chamber, Senators are expected to focus primarily on clearing the queue of presidential nominations, starting with consideration of Daniel Desmond Domenico to be a District Judge for the District Court of Colorado. A full list of the nominations up for consideration next week can be accessed here