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Sammi LeMaster, Katherine Fuchs

Senate Democrats are trying to force a vote to bring Net Neutrality back from the dead


Senate Democrats will force Republicans to vote on a bill to reverse the Federal Communications Commission decision to repeal Net Neutrality rules.

On Monday, Sen. Claire McCaskill announced she was the 30th co-sponsor for the bill, the required number to bring the measure to the Senate floor for a full vote.

Senate Democrats are using a tool known as the Congressional Review Act to reverse the decision. Under the 1996 law, lawmakers have 60 legislative days to review regulations submitted by the administration. It would only take a simple majority to overturn the decision. As of Tuesday, 40 Senators had signaled they would support the measure, so it would only take seven more to pass the bill in the Senate.

The measure was introduced by Massachussetts Sen. Ed Markey

However, the bill is a long shot in the House where Republicans have a bigger majority and President Trump could veto the bill if it reaches his desk.

But Democrats are taking this opportunity to force the Republican colleagues to take an official stance on the move, which was widely criticized by the public.

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