Congress

Markey: GOP's Sen. Collins Joins CRA Effort

Senator needs just one more Republican to nullify FCC's net-neutrality rollback 1/09/2018 4:51 PM Eastern

Only one more Republican supporter could conceivably tip balance According to Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine has agreed to support his Congressional Review Act resolution to reinstate the FCC's Title II classification of ISPs and net neutrality regulations.

That means if Markey gets one more Republican, and all the Democrats, he could actually succeed in nullifying the FCC's net neutrality reg rollback, just as Republicans-without needing any Dems--were able to roll back a number of Obama-era regs using the CRA.

On the news that Collins was on board, which came the same day Markey announced he had 40 Democratic co-sponsors, net neutrality activist group Demand Progress was celebrating. "Senator Collins’ support of the resolution to restore net neutrality protections is what it looks like when a Republican lawmaker stands with their constituents instead of telecom lobbyists," said Demand Progress communications director Mark Stanley.

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