Congress is less than 50 votes from passing a measure that would restore net neutrality rules to the internet. The motion, which passed the Senate on May 16th, would use the Congressional Review Act (or CRA) to undo Ajit Pai’s December order, effectively restoring the net neutrality protections passed in 2015.
In May, Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) filed a discharge petition that would force the House to vote on the CRA motion, and has been steadily collecting signatures ever since. Under current rules, a majority of 218 representatives are required to force a House vote again to pass the motion, sending the petition to the president’s desk where it would be subject to veto. As of press time, 170 representatives had signed on in support.
“With the Speaker opposed to net neutrality, the only way to bring it before the full House for a vote is through a discharge petition,” Doyle said in a press release last month.
Net neutrality isn’t the only issue trying to force its way before Congress through a discharge petition. Democrats and moderate Republicans are currently using this same tactic to push a vote on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. That petition only needs a few more signatures before it would force a floor vote.
Ajit Pai’s December order is set to take effect on Monday, June 11th, roughly six months after it was approved by the FCC in a 3–2 vote.