House Panel Passes Resolution That Would Block FCC Net Neutrality Rules
March 9, 2011 at 5:00 PM (PT)
The House Telecommunications Subcommittee has voted ion favor of a resolution that would block the FCC's Net Neutrality rules, reports BROADCASTING AND CABLE. The vote split along party lines, with 15 Republicans voting yes, 8 Democrats voting no, and three Democrats not voting. Democrats on the panel attempted to derail the resolution during a markup hearing by loading it with amendments that the majority rejected as non-germane to the primary resolution.
The resolution is unlikely to survive either the Senate, controlled by a Democratic Party majority, or the White House, where, in the event the resolution were to somehow pass both the House and Senate, President OBAMA would be very likely to veto the measure.
Senate Nixes GOP Continuing Resolution Appropriations Bill With CPB, FCC Cuts
Meanwhile, as expected, the Senate voted TODAY to reject the continuing resolution appropriations bill that included defunding the CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING, the FCC's net neutrality rules, and the FCC's Chief Diversity Officer position. The bill, backed by Republicans, emerged from the house last month but was supplanted by a two-week continuing resolution without most of the cuts. The current continuing resolution expires on MARCH 18th.