A Senate bill that would stop the Federal Communications Commission from repealing its net neutrality rules has 40 co-sponsors, Senate Democrats announced on Tuesday according to The Hill.
Since the GOP has a majority in the Senate, it does not appear that the bill will pass, but Democrats now can force Republicans to vote on the issue in hopes of embarrassing them, because polls indicate that a large majority of the public supports keeping the net neutrality rules.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made that point, saying "Millennials were born into a world with a free and open internet. It’s as integral to their daily lives as a morning cup of coffee. So when the administration rips it from their hands and hands it over to the big ISPs on a silver platter, millennials will know that Republicans were responsible — you can bet Democrats are going to make sure of that."
The announcement by the Democrats comes just one day after Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill wrote in a tweet that she was the bills 30th co-sponsor, ensuring that it has enough support to clear a procedural threshold and get fast-tracked to a floor vote.
The bill hopes to restore regulations that ensure that internet service providers treat all websites and online content equally, CBS News reported.
In December, the FCC voted along party lines to overturn the net neutrality rules established during the Obama administration.
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