Senate bill restoring net neutrality gains enough co-sponsors to guarantee a floor vote

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A proposed Senate bill that would restore net neutrality just received enough co-sponsors to receive a floor vote.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) became the 30th co-sponsor to announce her support for a bill, which would reverse the Trump administration’s repeal of net neutrality.

“We’ve reached the magic number of 30 to secure a vote on the Senate floor, and that number will only continue to climb,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) said in a statement Monday. “Republicans are faced with a choice — be on the right side of history and stand with the American people who support a free and open internet, or hold hands with the special interests who want to control the internet for their own profit.”

Democrats have now put Republicans in an uncomfortable political position. Republican candidates have been surprised with bitter challenges against their Democratic rivals in even the most solid-red states since President Trump took office. Requiring senators to individually vote against the overwhelmingly popular net neutrality rules could come back to bite them in the 2018 midterm elections.

“Today’s news shows that lawmakers from both parties cannot hide from their constituents on this issue,” said Evan Greer, an activist with net neutrality group Fight for the Future. “Every member of the U.S. Senate will have to go on the record, during a tight election year, and either vote to save the Internet or rubber stamp its death warrant.”

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