Here’s some bad news for opponents of the FCC Net Neutrality rules that will come into effect at the end of the month: Even if Congress passes a resolution of disapproval tomorrow that could overturn the rules, The White House has announced that President Obama will likely veto whatever is sent his way.
In a statement released yesterday, the White House boasted “Federal policy has consistently promoted an Internet that is open and facilitates innovation and investment, protects consumer choice, and enables free speech,” adding that “[d]isapproval of [the FCC rules] would threaten those values and cast uncertainty over those innovative new businesses that are a critical part of the Nation’s economic recovery.”
The Senate is expected to vote on Texas Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison’s S.J. Res. 6, also known as “Disapproval of Federal Communications Commission Rule Regulating the Internet and Broadband Industry Practices,” tomorrow. The resolution requires 51 votes to be sent to the White House, which would mean that nine Democrats would have to support it, but the White House statement made it clear that even that wouldn’t be enough to get it past Obama: “If the president is presented with S.J. Res 6, which would not safeguard the free and open Internet, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the resolution.”
As it stands, the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules will come into effect November 20th.
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