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Senator Murray, Senate Democrats successfully force vote to pass resolution restoring 2015 Open Internet Rule 

Passed by a simple majority, resolution had the support of all 49 Senate Democrats and 3 Republicans 

Senator Murray in floor speech prior to vote: “Either stand with everyday Americans—or with the massive corporations that have found a new way to make more money off of them” 

*** WATCH SENATOR MURRAY’S FLOOR SPEECH HERE***

(Washington, D.C.)  – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), along with her Senate Democratic colleagues, celebrated passage of legislation to restore net neutrality rules following weeks of pressure from Senate Democrats to bring the issue to the Senate floor for a vote. Passed 52 to 47, the vote followed months of pressure from Senate Democrats to overturn the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision last December to repeal net neutrality protections established by the 2015 Open Internet Order, which prohibited internet service providers (ISPs) from blocking, slowing down, or discriminating against lawful online content, and could potentially lead to higher prices for consumers, slower internet traffic, and blocked websites and applications.

Senator Murray has been an active opponent of the FCC’s decision, working previously to delay implementation of the repeal and its impact on education, and joining her Democratic colleagues to file legislation under the Congressional Review Act to reverse the FCC’s decision. In January, all 49 Senate Democrats, including Senator Murray, announced they had the necessary support to force today’s vote. Prior to the vote, Senator Murray once again urged her Republican colleagues to restore critical net neutrality rules that protect consumers and keep the internet free and open in a brief Senate floor speech, noting the economic and cultural importance of internet access for middle class families, and highlighting the potential burden of the repeal of the net neutrality rules on students and schools without reliable access to high-speed internet at home.

 

Video of Senator Murray’s floor speech available below or HERE.

Senator Murray speaks on the Senate floor on May 16th in support of Senate Democrats’ efforts to restore critical net neutrality protections for consumers.

Full text below of Senator Murray’s floor speech (as prepared for delivery):

“Thank you, M. President.

“I’m here to lift up the voices of the families I represent in Washington state…

“…who, like so many other Americans, agree that the internet should be free and open…

“…who agree that our country should support small business owners, entrepreneurs, students and middle class families—NOT big corporations and special interests…

“…who agree that consumers—not broadband providers—should get to pick the websites they visit or applications they use…

“…who agree the internet should be a level playing field that benefits end users, and not slanted by broadband providers blocking content or charging for prioritized access.

“That is why so many of us are on the floor today: to give a voice to the vast majority of Americans who want the internet to remain a place that fosters innovation, economic opportunity, robust consumer choice, and the free flow of knowledge.

“M. President, these things aren’t a luxury.

“They are what makes American ingenuity possible…

“…and as a former preschool teacher, I support net neutrality because it helps the next generation of innovators—our students, especially those in rural and low-income areas.

“Schools have worked hard to improve access to high-speed connectivity for all students because they know—from early education, through higher education, and workforce training—students need high-speed internet in order to learn and get the skills they need.

“Their teachers need the internet to collaborate with colleagues, access educational materials, help students learn valuable research and internet safety skills, and expand access to a high quality education for students with disabilities and English learners.

“Rolling back net neutrality threatens that educational equity and worsens the digital divide.

“So let’s protect the free and open internet. Not just for today’s consumers, but for students—the next generation of American innovators.

“The choice couldn’t be easier.

“Either stand with everyday Americans—or with the massive corporations that have found a new way to make more money off of them.

“Thank you, I yield the floor.”