According to The Hill, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Tuesday that a net neutrality bill that is now before lawmakers in the House will not pass through the Senate. The bill would restore the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations that require internet providers to treat all web traffic equally.
“Dead on arrival in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters about the House bill.
Although the Trump administration “strongly opposes the bill,” it was expected to pass easily through the Democrat-controlled House. The bill is now called the Save the Internet Act.
Republicans attempted unsuccessfully to amend the bill in committee by undermining FCC’s authority to enforce rules and asking Democrats to come up with a compromise bill.
Under the Congressional Review Act, Democrats forced the 2018 vote, in which a majority of the Senate voted to reinstate the FCC net neutrality rules. The effort died in the House last year. Now, the bill does not have a good chance of passing through the Republican controlled Senate.
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