By Sara Jerome - 12/21/10 03:45 PM EST
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a scathing critique of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net-neutrality efforts, comparing it to what he sees as other power grabs by the Obama administration.
The comments, which McConnell voiced Tuesday morning on the Senate floor, came as the FCC prepared to validate a controversial set of Internet line regulations in its monthly commission meeting.
McConnell said the FCC should abandon its approach and promised the new Congress will "push back against new rules and regulations."
"The Obama administration, which has already nationalized healthcare, the auto industry, insurance companies, banks and student loans, will move forward with what could be a first step in controlling how Americans use the Internet by establishing federal regulations on its use," he said.
McConnell argued the effort will hurt investment, innovation and employment.
"The Internet is an invaluable resource. It should be left alone," he said.
The FCC commissioners plan to approve net neutrality in their Tuesday meeting.