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H.J.Res. 37 - Disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to regulating the Internet and broadband industry practice (Rep. Walden – Energy and Commerce) (One Hour of Debate) H.J.Res. 37 would disapprove of the Rule adopted by the FCC on December 21, 2010, which was put in place to restrict broadband service providers from discriminating against lawful content and blocking certain content in lawful network traffic. The FCC Rule also provides for disclosure of certain information (e.g. terms of service) among broadband providers.

H.J.Res. 37 uses the Congressional Review Act to disapprove of the Rule. The CRA also mandates expedited procedure in the Senate, and if enacted, would stop the FCC Rule from having any effect. H.J.Res. 37 would also stop the FCC from issuing any substantively similar rules in the future. This measure will not help create jobs, or keep the government operating.

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CRS Report– Access to Broadband Networks: The Net Neutrality Debate
The Daily Quote
“The less-than-serious faction of the Republican Party is intent on squeezing more savings out of the 2011 budget or pursuing a government shutdown as an end in itself. Some of this bloc is composed of House freshmen, who share the unrealistic expectations of the Tea Party base — the undoing of modern government by one-half of one branch of that government. Others are more senior members of the Republican caucus — representatives such as Mike Pence and Michele Bachmann — who seek to raise their profiles by establishing themselves as rebel leaders.”
-  Michael Gerson, President George W. Bush’s former speech writer, Washington Post, 4/4/11