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Democrats Need 1 More Vote To Overturn Net-Neutrality Repeal

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At 50 votes, Senate Democrats need just one more Republican supporter to meet the 51-vote threshold to pass the measure.

An effort by Senate Democrats to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules has obtained 50 votes, leaving the measure just one vote shy of reaching the threshold for passing a resolution of disapproval.

Democrats were able to gain the support of GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine, and now they need one more Republican to sign on to the proposal in order to meet the necessary 51 votes.

“With full caucus support,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said, “it’s clear that Democrats are committed to fighting to keep the internet from becoming the Wild West where ISPs are free to offer premium service to only the wealthiest customers while average consumers are left with far inferior options.”

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), who sponsored the bill, called upon Republicans to side with the American people, who overwhelmingly support net neutrality rules:

"Republicans now have a clear 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."

Should Democrats succeed in snagging that last vote, the road to completion remains rocky:

The measure, if it passes the Senate, faces a murky future as it would have to pass the GOP-held House and get President Trump's signature to go into effect.

Lawmakers have a window of 60 days from the FCC's December 14 decision to repeal the new regulations under the Congressional Review Act (CRA). Ten senators joined the effort to roll back the FCC's decision in just the last week, The Washington Post reports.