Today on the Hill: Democrats Continue Push to Reinstate Net Neutrality

Congressional Democrats are making another push to reverse the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) repeal of net neutrality rules. Democrats in both chambers have introduced a three-page bill that would codify the FCC’s since repealed 2015 Open Internet Order. According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the House will likely pass the bill “in a matter of weeks.” However, much like the attempt Democrats made in 2018 to preserve the order using the Congressional Review Act (CRA), it’s unlikely that the bill will have enough support to clear the GOP-controlled Senate. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker (R-MS) — who has jurisdiction over net neutrality legislation — stated last week that net neutrality legislation would not be a priority for his committee this year. 

On the floor, Senators are set to hold final confirmation votes on the nominations of Eric Murphy to be a Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit, and former Rep. John Fleming (R-LA) to be Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. In the House, lawmakers will resume consideration of the Democratic ethics, campaign finance, and voting rights reform bill (H.R. 1).