House GOP Gives Bid to Overturn Net Neutrality Rules Emergency Status

The House Republican leadership is putting a resolution that would overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules on the fast track. The resolution, which passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee two weeks ago, will get an emergency meeting in the House Rules Committee on Monday.

Giving the resolution emergency status means the Republicans can move it past the House faster than they would otherwise be able to, but doing it at the same time that Congress is trying to pass a budget and keep the government from shutting down next Friday is sure to rankle Democrats.

Republicans already took similar heat for the emergency status given to a bill to defund National Public Radio, which passed the House but is almost certain to die in the Senate.
Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., one of the sponsors of the resolution against the net neutrality rules, told an audience this morning during a Politico event that he felt “very strongly about it” despite the fact that there’s little chance it will get past the Democratic-controlled Senate, much less President Obama’s veto pen.

“The court already struck the FCC down once; you’d think that would be a signal,” Walden said. “I can’t control what the president does…I know some think it’s a waste of time. I don’t think it is.”