WASHINGTON, April 8, 2011 - In a strongly party-line vote Friday afternoon, the House passed House Joint Resolution 37, an action that would undo the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules.
During his floor speech, Rep Greg Walden (R-OR), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, said that there is currently no crisis that demands the federal government intervene.
“The FCC’s rules threaten to chill the very investment and innovation we need to ensure the Internet keeps pace with the growing demands being placed on it,” said House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Fred Upton (R-MI).
Democrats countered GOP statements, saying that the FCC is not trying to regulate the Internet and that the House should be working toward achieving a solution to the budget rather than voting on the joint resolution.
As the business day came to a close on Friday, Congress had reached no deal on the nation's budget, just hours ahead of a midnight deadline. If no compromise is reached by then, the federal government will shut down.
“The FCC’s Open Internet Order will bring clarity to the broadband and high-tech economy. The Rules will promote competition, innovation, job creation and protect consumers. These common sense rules should not be controversial, let alone repealed, particularly when an overwhelming number of stakeholders and economists support the FCC Order,” said Rep. Dorris Matsui (D-CA). “H.J. Res. 37 will discourage competition, innovation and job creation. It is critical that we continue to support a free and open Internet for all Americans.”