U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) took aim at the FCC’s controversial net neutrality order this week. Using the mechanism of the Congressional Review Act, Senator Paul formally offered a resolution of disapproval that, if enacted, would nullify the agency’s decision.
In a release, Senator Paul stated:
This regulation by the FCC is a textbook example of Washington’s desire to regulate anything and everything and will do nothing more than wrap the Internet in red-tape. The Internet has successfully flourished without the heavy hand of government interference. Stated simply, I do not want to see the government regulating the Internet.
Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) authored a similar resolution in the House of Representatives that has been co-sponsored by 21 of his colleagues, including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). Notably, while such legislation can bypass filibustering in the Senate, a veto threat from the White House would appear to be likely.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: May 1, 2015