House Teeing Up Tuesday Vote On Net Neutrality Rule-Blocker

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It looks like the House will vote next week on the Republican-backed resolution to block the Federal Communications Commission's network neutrality rules.

The House Rules Committee put out a notice on Friday that there would be an emergency meeting on the bill Monday. According to a staffer for a member of the Democratic Energy & Commerce Committee, where the bill originated, the notice signals the first step in teeing up the bill for a vote in the full House, which the staffer said is expected on Tuesday.

The "emergency" is likely because of the short notice on the Monday meeting, although a Rules Committee spokesperson was not available for comment at press time. The meeting is a signal that a bill is being readied for a floor vote by determining the rules under which it will be brought up and voted on.

The resolution (H.J. Res 37) is expected to pass in the House, but go no further given the Democratically controlled Senate and a President on record in support of the FCC's new network neutrality rules, which the resolution would invalidate. But Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chair of the House Communications Subcommittee and one of the driving forces behind the resolution, has said he is not conceding defeat in the Senate.

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), ranking member of the Communications Subcommittee, will speak at the Rules Committee hearing in opposition to the resolution, according to an Eshoo spokesperson.

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