Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, led the Senate effort to repeal the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality rules
The Senate voted, 46-52, against moving forward with a resolution that would overturn federal regulations that govern anticompetitive behavior online.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, led the Senate effort to block the Federal Communications Commission's network-neutrality rules, which regulate the way Internet companies provide access to the Web.
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"It's time to push back" against federal agencies that are overreaching their authority and enacting burdensome regulations, she argued before the Senate voted on a motion to proceed.
In the end, Hutchison was unable to gather enough support for the measure, which the White House had in any case threatened to veto if passed.
The GOP-controlled House approved a similar resolution in April, but Democrats in the Senate had long vowed to hold the line and stop Hutchison's effort. As ranking member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Hutchison did an end-run around the committee by gathering 40 signatures to force the full Senate to consider the resolution. The measure failed along a starkly party-line vote.