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.
Ex-Hewlett-Packard chief executive Carly Fiorina has hired a well-regarded former aide to Rep. Lynn Westmoreland and the state Republican party to serve as spokeswoman for her likely presidential campaign, a senior advisor told Tipsheet Wednesday.
Leslie Shedd, a former communications director for Westmoreland and the state GOP’s rapid response vehicle in the last U.S. senate contest, has been named press secretary for Carly for America, a newly-formed super PAC that will lay the foundation for a White House bid.
“Leslie has worked hard to promote conservative values across the country,” senior advisor Stephen DeMaura said in an email. “Her ability to articulate the issues that affect all Americans will serve Carly for America well. We are excited to have her on the team.”
Shedd is the second Georgia operative that’s recently been drawn into Fiorina’s orbit.
Last month Fiorina’s Unlocking Potential PAC, the primary vehicle through which she has been road testing a White House bid, scooped up Brandon Howell as a communications aide to manage the political action committee’s social media and blogger outreach efforts.
Howell, who was on hand for Fiorina’s recent stop in Atlanta, held leadership roles in the state college GOP conference and served as campaign manager for former Athens state Rep. Doug McKillip.
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