The Obama administration leveled a veto threat against the resolution, S.J.Res. 6, on Tuesday, however, arguing that the FCC’s proposed rules are necessary to ensure that the Internet remains an open forum where large corporations are unable to exercise undue influence over the sort of content available to consumers.
Sen. Jay RockefellerJay RockefellerObama to preserve torture report in presidential papers Lobbying world Overnight Tech: Senators place holds on FCC commissioner MORE (D-W.V.), an adamant defender of the pending FCC rules, also argued from the Senate floor on Wednesday that the administrations' rules are both gentle and fair.
“This takes a light-touch approach and keeps the playing field free, they [the rules] keep the Internet open and fee for consumers… and for everyone in this country who want access to broadband Internet,” said Rockefeller.
The resolution of disproval likely enjoys the support of the entire Republican caucus and since it needs a simple majority to clear the chamber would require only four Democratic defections for passage.