Passed by a simple majority, resolution had the support of all 49 Senate Democrats and 3 Republicans
Senator Murray in floor speech prior to vote: “Either stand with everyday Americans—or with the massive corporations that have found a new way to make more money off of them”
(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with her Senate Democratic colleagues, celebrated passage of legislation to restore net neutrality rules following weeks of pressure from Senate Democrats to bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote. Passed 52 to 47, the vote followed months of pressure from Senate Democrats to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision last December to repeal net neutrality protections established by the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against lawful online content, and could potentially lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and blocked websites and applications.
Senator Murray has been an active opponent of the FCC’s decision, working previously to delay implementation of the repeal and its impact on education, and joining her Democratic colleagues to file legislation under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC’s decision. In January, all 49 Senate Democrats, including Senator Murray, announced they had the necessary support to force today’s vote. Prior to the vote, Senator Murray once again urged her Republican colleagues to restore critical net neutrality rules that protect consumers and keep the internet free and open in a brief Senate floor speech, noting the economic and cultural importance of internet access for middle class families, and highlighting the potential burden of the repeal of the net neutrality rules on students and schools without reliable access to high-speed internet at home.