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Democrats will try the Republicans’ favorite trick to save net neutrality

Democrats will try the Republicans’ favorite trick to save net neutrality

In a 3-2 vote last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted to overturn 2015 net neutrality rules. The vote was a win for big telecoms companies, who framed the rules as government regulation gone wild. Public opinion is strongly behind net neutrality, however, and that favorability is emboldening Senate Democrats to actually do something.

In a press conference Friday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) outlined how he’s hoping to stop net neutrality repeal using a legal mechanism called the Congressional Review Act. The CRA, which affords lawmakers the chance to overturn agency actions, used to be a little-used mechanism. But Republicans have wielded its powers broadly in the last year, using it to overturn Obama-era regulations ranging from rules making it harder for the mentally ill to get guns, to preventing the killing of bear cubs in Alaska.