Democrats score symbolic win with vote to restore Obama’s net neutrality
Senate Democrats notched a win Wednesday with the approval of a resolution to restore the Obama-era net neutrality rule, forcing Republicans to take sides on a progressive niche issue expected to figure into the 2018 election.
The 52-47 vote to reverse the Federal Communications Commission’s decision, which repealed in December the 2015 broadband rule, sends the measure to the House, where it has virtually no chance of passage.
What’s more, President Trump is all but guaranteed to veto it in the unlikely event of House approval.
Even so, the vote came as a clear-cut victory for Democrats by forcing Republicans to go on the record, teeing up an obscure but highly charged issue popular with the progressive base six months before the critical midterm elections.
Senate Republicans were unable to shut down the vote after three of their own sided with Democrats to allow a floor vote.