The tweet above appeared late yesterday afternoon, as I stopped for a tofu banh mi en route to BikeHouston's annual Ride of Silence. As of this morning, Fight for the Future hasn't even had time to redo its website in celebration of the Senate vote.
Amazingly, Senate Democrats held the line, even the Blue Dogs. A few Republicans joined them: Susan Collins of Maine, John Kennedy of Louisiana, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska apparently had constituents who spoke up loudly and clearly enough to drown out their corporate sugar daddies. Here's the report from The Hill.
Despite the victory, FFTF is still running its Red Alert campaign, in which dbcgreentx.net is still participating. The Senate vote does not end the FCC's rollback of Net Neutrality provisions. Both houses of Congress have to pass the same resolution to overturn that rollback. Republicans hold 235 seats to the Democrats' 193 (with 7 seats currently vacant). As The Hill's article notes:
The bill will have a much harder time in the House, where Democrats would need 25 Republicans to cross the aisle and join a discharge petition in order to bring it up for a vote.
So concerned Netizens will need to lean on a lot more House members to close the gap, plus prevent Democratic Reps from wandering off the proverbial ranch. Net Neutrality is a consistent hit, with astronomical majorities favoring it in poll after poll. Let's see whether FFTF and related organizations can nettle enough of them into making some phone calls.
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