House Approves Net Neutrality-Blocking Resolution

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After a contentious debate on the floor Friday interrupted by an attempt to keep the government open past midnight, the Republican-controlled House voted Friday 240 to 179 to invalidate the Federal Communications Commission's expanded and codified network neutrality rules, with 6 Democrats joining with Republicans.

At one point, minority Whip Steny Hoyer interrupted the debate to try to keep the federal government from shutting down by introducing a stop-gap CR in the middle of the FCC debate, but it was ruled nongermane.

The Democratically controlled Senate will almost certainly not approve the resolution, and the president would almost certainly veto the resolution if it got to his desk, but the issue got a high-profile vetting on C-SPAN.

Democrats said the Republicans were trying to kill the open Internet in service of monopolist ISPs, while Republicans said they were keeping the Internet open and free of government regulation. There was no middle ground.

"It is a shame that the House is focused on protecting the interests of large telecommunications companies rather than on promoting the interests of innovative entrepreneurs," said Public Knowledge only moments after the floor vote was concluded.

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