Lawmakers have 60 legislative days after the FCC submits its regulations to Congress to pass the CRA. The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the repeal order. The bill will face an uphill battle due to Republicans controlling both chambers of Congress, but Democrats see a silver lining in forcing GOP legislators to take an official stance during an election year on the consumer protections, which polls indicate are popular among voters.
“Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue,” said Evan Greer, an activist with the group Fight for the Future, which has positioned itself at the forefront of the battle to squash the FCC’s repeal. “Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant.”
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate Minority Leader, said Democrats will ensure that net neutrality remains a key issue in this year’s midterm elections––particularly among young voters, who have been the most outspoken about the FCC’s controversial decision. “We’re going to let everyone know where we stand and they stand,” Schumer said at a Capitol Hill news conference.
Six Senate Democrats have not yet lent Markey’s measure their support.
Here are the six Senate Democrats not yet signed on as co-sponsors of the #NetNeutrality-saving resolution of disapproval:@SenatorCarper@ChrisCoons@SenDonnelly@SenatorHeitkamp@SenDougJones (to be fair, just got there)@Sen_JoeManchin
I'm sure they'd love to hear from you. https://t.co/9bB53jJxiA
— Craig Aaron (@notaaroncraig) January 10, 2018
Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) remains optimistic. “After I saw millions of people fight for net neutrality Last year I thought I understood the passion behind it. But the momentum for this legislation to save net neutrality has surpassed my most optimistic expectations,” he wrote. “We can win this Senate vote.”
After I saw millions of people fight for net neutrality Last year I thought I understood the passion behind it. But the momentum for this legislation to save net neutrality has surpassed my most optimistic expectations. We can win this Senate vote.
— Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) January 9, 2018
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has not commented on any of these developments. Pai sparked criticism ahead of the FCC’s vote after he appeared in a video uploaded by the conservative website The Daily Caller in which he, dressed as Santa Claus, mocks his opponents, accusing them of overreacting to the possibility of repeal. Dancing alongside him was Martina Markota, a video producer for The Daily Caller who promoted conspiracy theories about a Democrat-operated child molestation ring run inside a Washington D.C. pizza shop in a blatant lie which eventually became known as “Pizzagate.”