Senate Dems press Ryan to hold net neutrality vote

Senate Dems press Ryan to hold net neutrality vote
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Senate Democrats are urging Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) to hold a vote on a bill that would restore the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) net neutrality rules.

All 49 Senate Democrats signed a letter to Ryan sent Thursday asking him to schedule a vote for the bill, which passed the Senate last month.

“Now that the Senate has taken this critical step, it is incumbent on the House of Representatives to listen to the voices of consumers, including the millions of Americans who supported the FCC’s 2015 net neutrality order, and keep the internet free and open for all,” the letter reads.

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The legislation would reverse the FCC’s December vote to repeal the regulations, which require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

Three Republicans — Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsBiden signs four bills aimed at helping veterans The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The omicron threat and Biden's plan to beat it Senate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCongress should reject H.R. 1619's dangerous anywhere, any place casino precedent Democratic frustration growing over stagnating voting rights bills Graham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks MORE (Alaska) and John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (La.) — joined Democrats to pass the bill in the upper chamber by a 52-47 vote.

But House Democrats will have a harder time bringing the bill to the floor. They’ll need the support of at least 25 Republicans in order to force a vote and pass the resolution.

A spokeswoman for the Speaker's office declined to comment, referring questions about the bill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

A spokeswoman for that panel did not respond when contacted about the letter.

Updated at 4:40 p.m.