Georgia Rep. Doug Collins is poised to introduce legislation when lawmakers return from recess next week that would block the Federal Communications Commission’s recently adopted net neutrality rules.
On Monday Collins will offer a resolution of disapproval under the seldom-used Congressional Review Act that would override the agency’s new internet regulations, which congressional Republicans say would stifle innovation and investment.
The FCC voted in February to reclassify broadband internet as a common carrier service, much in the same way the agency regulates telephone service.
The Congressional Review Act allows Congress to formally reject rules set by major federal agencies. These resolutions of disapproval require only a simple majority in both chambers—which means Senate Republicans could avoid a filibuster—but they still require presidential approval. That’s why all but one has failed to pass both chambers, according to The Hill.
Collins called his resolution, which will be dropped on the first day the House returns from recess, “the most direct way to rein in” the FCC.
“My resolution would be the most direct way to rein in an agency that refused these rules, which would stifle innovation and growth, before it finally surrendered to White House political pressure,” he said via his spokesman.
The Gainesville Republican said his district was already struggling with poor broadband and believed that the new FCC would siphon monies from infrastructure deployment instead to “lawyers, taxes, and fees.”
One of Collins’ largest contributors is National Cable & Telecommunications Association is a vocal opponent of net neutrality rules.
According to the Center for Responsive Politics, the trade group gave Collins $7,000 in the last cycle, the second-highest total it gave to any Georgia pol save for Democratic Rep. John Barrow, who also opposed net neutrality while in office.