"But instead of moving forward with that approach with Republicans to draft such legislation, the Democratic leadership chose to try to score political points by pushing a resolution to undo the FCC's decision, even though undoing this decision will do nothing to provide a permanent solution on net neutrality", said Sen.
The CRA can reverse a regulatory action with a majority vote in the House and Senate.
Democrats in the U-S Senate are forcing a vote this week to undo the Trump Administration's repeal of Obama-era net neutrality rules, less than a month before that repeal is to go into effect. Wednesday's vote follows Senate Democrats' successful filing of a discharge petition to put Senator Markey's resolution of disapproval on the Senate's legislative calendar, allowing any Senator to force a vote on the legislation. Susan Collins of ME, is expected to pass in the Senate but its future in the GOP-led House is doubtful and President Donald Trump is unlikely to back it. Fifty senators have declared their support for it - one shy of the majority needed to pass it. Shortly after the FCC's vote last December, GLAAD released a statement saying, in part, "The repeal of net neutrality is an attack on the LGBTQ community" and Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO, called the repeal "a direct and unconscionable attack on freedom of expression".
A simple majority is required, but right now only a single Republican Senator, Maine's Susan Collins, has courageously stepped across the aisle to join the Democrat-led effort. Stonyfield has been outspoken about the negative impact that repealing net neutrality protections would have on rural businesses, including the farms and cooperatives that supply products to Stonyfield.
"The next 24 hours could make or break this fight.This is a moment where the entire Internet needs to go all-in for net neutrality", wrote Greer. The Open Internet Order prohibited internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against content online. Instead, it simply requires providers to disclose how they handle internet traffic.
For almost all of the past 10 years, the FCC has had in place rules that sought to guarantee net-neutrality protections.
Despite surviving a court challenge from broadband industry groups seeking to overturn the rules in 2016, they came under fire again a year later - this time from the agency's new Republican leadership.
"Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the Internet", he said in November, a month before he and the FCC's two other Republicans, Michael O'Rielly and Brendan Carr, voted to repeal the rules. It is not clear if the U.S. House of Representatives will vote at all on the measure, while the White House has said it opposed repealing the December FCC order.
The resolution is likely to be vetoed if it reaches the president's desk.
A recent poll showed the majority of Americans across the political spectrum were in support of net neutrality.