In March, congressional Republicans once again felt the wrath of the internet community when they reversed the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband privacy rules. The blowback from the vote was massive, prompting members of Congress to hide from angry constituents. Now Trump and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai are digging even deeper and looking to overturn the historic 2015 Net Neutrality win. If they think the internet is going to take that sitting down, they have another think coming.
The early days of the Trump administration proved catastrophic for crucial regulatory safeguards. While the news cycle was overwhelmed with stories about Neil Gorsuch, James Comey and Vladimir Putin, Republicans used a little-known procedural law called the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to gut protections for everything from the environment to women’s health to our online privacy rights.
Before this Congress, the CRA had been used only once. Since January, President Trump has signed 13 CRA resolutions sent up by Congress.