WASHINGTON, D.C. ― U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) released the following statement after signing a discharge petition to force a vote in the House on a bill that he cosponsored to ensure a free and open internet:
“I stand with the American public in support of a free and open internet, which has revolutionized the way we do business, changed how we learn and communicate with loved ones, and expanded our ability to access information. We must keep this innovative spirit alive and protect consumers by preventing internet service providers from blocking or discriminating against internet content. Unfortunately, even after the Senate acted in a bipartisan fashion to overrule the FCC’s decision to eliminate net neutrality protections, House Republican leadership has refused to bring this legislation to the House floor. That is why I have signed a discharge petition to force a vote on legislation to save net neutrality.”
In December 2017, the FCC voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, which ensured net neutrality by preventing internet service providers from creating internet “fast lanes” and “slow lanes;” blocking legal content, applications, or services; and throttling internet services and content.
Earlier this year, Luján cosponsored H.J.Res. 129, legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Doyle (D-PA) to overrule the FCC’s decision to end net neutrality protections. If this discharge petition were to garner at least 218 signatures, it would force a floor vote on H.J.Res 129. Companion legislation, S.J.Res. 52, passed the Senate last month by a vote of 52 to 47.