A Senate bill that would reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules now has 40 co-sponsors, Senate Democrats announced Tuesday.
This comes just a day after the bill received its 30th co-sponsor, allowing it to bypass the GOP-led committee and therefore guaranteeing a vote on the Senate floor.
The bill just needs 11 more votes to pass.
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), and other Senate Democrats made the announcement.
“Millennials were born into a world with a free and open internet,” Schumer said. “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 Hill added:
The bill would use authority under the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the FCC’s repeal from going into effect. And with more than 30 senators on board, the legislation will be able to bypass the committee approval process and Democrats will be able to force a vote on the floor.
Still, assuming every Democrat backs the legislation, they will still need at least two Republicans to join them for it to pass. But even if the bill fails, Democrats think they can use the roll call vote to give Republicans headaches in this year’s midterm elections.
“There will be a political price to pay for those who are on the wrong side of history,” Markey said.