Republican aide: GOP opposition to Waxman bill growing

A Republican aide said Wednesday that an increasing number of GOP members have expressed with certainty that they will not support Democrats' possible net-neutrality bill.

Republican opponents of the bill spent the morning working colleagues on the issue and urging them not to stray from a consistent stance over the last decade in opposition to net regulations. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), the first member to speak out against the legislation and a member of the House Communications Subcommittee, worked with other GOP members to grow the opposition.

GOP members will begin announcing their opposition to the bill as soon as this afternoon, the source said.

A lack of Republican support could prevent Chairman Henry Waxman (Calif.) from introducing the bill, House aides have previously said.