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 RyanRubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show Feminine hygiene products to be available to House lawmakers using congressional funds Former Ryan aide moves to K street 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 CollinsGOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration DOJ warns White House that national emergency will likely be blocked: report On The Money: Trump to sign border deal, declare emergency to build wall | Senate passes funding bill, House to follow | Dems promise challenge to emergency declaration MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiGOP braces for Trump's emergency declaration GOP advances rules change to speed up confirmation of Trump nominees Senate votes to extend key funding mechanism for parks 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.