Doyle Files Net Neutrality Discharge Petition in House
May 17, 2018
Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-14) announced today that he has filed a petition to require a vote in the House on his bill to save Net Neutrality.
“Now that the Senate has passed legislation to overrule the FCC order eliminating Net Neutrality, the next step is passing this legislation in the House,” Congressman Doyle said. “The discharge petition I’ve filed today would force a vote on the legislation to save Net Neutrality. Now we just need to get a majority of Representatives to sign it.”
On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted along party lines to reverse the Open Internet Order, which regulates Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in order to ensure net neutrality. Net Neutrality means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) don’t discriminate against different types of Internet content; the Open Internet Order prohibited ISPs from blocking, throttling, or discriminating against any internet content – as well as from charging more to deliver content faster. Repealing these net neutrality rules could lead to higher prices for consumers and small businesses, slower internet traffic, and even blocked websites.
Under the Congressional Review Act, members of the House and Senate can offer a joint resolution of disapproval on any regulation recently issued by a federal agency. Earlier this year, Congressman Doyle introduced legislation (H.J.Res. 129) in the House to overrule the FCC’s action, and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced a counterpart bill in the Senate (S.J.Res. 52). The Senate bill was approved yesterday by a vote of 52 to 47.
Congressman Doyle has filed a discharge petition to bring the legislation to save Net Neutrality up for a vote in the House, and if a majority of the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives sign that discharge petition, House rules (specifically Rule XV, clause 2) mandate that it be voted on by the full House.
“With the Speaker opposed to Net Neutrality, the only way to bring it before the full House for a vote is through a discharge petition,” Congressman Doyle explained. “Under the rules of the House, my bill to save Net Neutrality must be brought to the House Floor for a vote if a majority of Representatives sign this discharge petition.”