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Table of Contents - May 25, 2018

Senate Passes CRA Resolution Disapproving FCC's RIF Order; House Discharge Petition Filed

The Senate passed on a 52-47 vote a Congressional Review Act resolution disapproving of the FCC's December 2017 restoring Internet freedom (RIF) action on May 16, teeing up potential action in the House, where CRA resolution sponsor and communications and technology ranking member Mike Doyle (D., Pa.) called for support for a discharge petition he filed the next day.

In the House, 218 signatures are required on a discharge petition to force a floor vote.

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Net Neutrality, USF, Data Security Dominate Pai-Simons Hearing

Net neutrality, universal service, and data security were among the topics discussed at a May 17 hearing featuring FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons before the Senate Appropriations Committee's financial services and general government subcommittee.

While the hearing was called to review the fiscal year 2019 budget requests of the independent agencies, most of the questions from lawmakers dealt with policy issues, including the previous day's 52-47 vote in the Senate in favor of a Congressional Review Act resolution disapproving of the FCC's December 2017 restoring Internet freedom (RIF) action and whether the FTC is prepared to handle net neutrality enforcement.

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