Handful of Dems break ranks on net neutrality vote

Five House Democrats broke ranks and voted with Republicans on Friday to approve a bill to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from regulating the rates that Internet providers charge for service. 

Any crossovers were striking because the vote was seen as the closest thing to a referendum on the FCC's net neutrality regulations since they were approved on a divided vote at the commission last year.

The Democratic yes votes came from Reps. Jim CostaJames (Jim) Manuel CostaOvernight Finance: Consumer chief Cordray resigning | GOP makes changes to Senate tax bill | Johnson becomes first senator opposed to tax bill | Mnuchin, Linton catch flak for photos holding sheets of money Blue Dogs oppose GOP tax package Week ahead: House panel to mark up tax bill | Trump pushes to repeal ObamaCare mandate | Blue Dog Dems weigh support for GOP bill MORE (Calif.), Scott PetersScott H. PetersReps introduce hurricane preparedness bill House Dems attempt to force vote on gun background checks bill Periscope shines during House blackout MORE (Calif.), Collin PetersonCollin Clark PetersonHouse passes concealed carry gun bill Congress needs to finish the job on ending new joint employer standard Handful of Dems break ranks on net neutrality vote MORE (Minn.), Kyrsten Sinema (Ariz.) and Albio SiresAlbio B. SiresHouse Dem resolution affirms US-Mexico ties Handful of Dems break ranks on net neutrality vote Dems urge sanctions after Iran missile tests MORE (N.J.).  

All but Sires are Democrats aligning with the Blue Dogs, the New Dem Coalition or both. Both groups are seen as more centrist than the Democratic Party in general. 

Three of the five — Peters, Peterson and Sinema — are in competitive races in 2016, but observers expect them to hold their seats. 

The bill would prevent the FCC from setting or reviewing the prices that Internet service providers charge. The FCC has said it has no intention of regulating those rates under its net neutrality rules. Democrats say the GOP bill would go much further to limit much of the commission's authority. 

The White House vowed to veto the bill if it ever made it to the president's desk.