House subcommittee postpones net neutrality vote

The House subcommittee that had planned to vote this morning to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s recent net neutrality order has postponed the proceeding.

The GOP leadership of the Energy and Commerce Committee had been planning to bring a resolution of disapproval under the Congressional Review Act, a procedural move to reverse rules they argue will impose burdensome regulations on the fast-growing Internet sector.

But yesterday, the ranking Democrats on the committee and subcommittee called on the Republican leadership to delay the vote and schedule a hearing to on the resolution of disapproval before moving ahead with a markup.

House Republicans said the vote would be rescheduled with the date to be determined.

With a solid Republican majority in the House unified against the FCC’s order, the resolution of disapproval could sail through the chamber, but would face a tougher time clearing the Senate, where the Democrats maintain a majority and could block efforts to overturn a policy they largely favor.

Joint resolutions passed under the CRA would still be subject to a presidential veto. President Obama praised the FCC when it passed its net neutrality order in December.

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