Democrats score sym­bolic win with vote to re­store Obama’s net neu­tral­ity

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Va­lerie Richard­son

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.

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