Georgia Rep. Doug Collins has secured more than a dozen GOP lawmakers as cosponsors for his resolution of disapproval aimed at blocking the Federal Communications Commission new internet regulatory framework.
The list of cosponsors, according to a Collins aide, includes four other Georgians. The are: Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Rick Allen, Barry Loudermilk, and Buddy Carter. And the remaining boosters: Reps. Bob Goodlatte, Steve Chabot, Glenn Grothman, Bob Latta, Bill Posey, Ryan Zinke, Sam Johnson, Dennis Ross, and Vern Buchanan.
The FCC voted along partisan lines in February to reclassify broadband internet as a common carrier service, much in the same way the agency regulates telephone service.
Collins’ resolution, a one-pager introduced Monday afternoon, makes use of the Congressional Review Act, which empowers the legislative branch formally to reject rules set by major federal agencies.
The measure requires only a simple majority in both chambers, thus avoiding a filibuster threat by Senate Democrats, but the president must still authorize it.
The resolution’s nut: “Resolved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating tot he matter of protecting and promoting the open internet … and such rule shall have no force or effect.”
Read the resolution after the jump.
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.
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