Net Neutrality CRA – Why Let Facts Get in the Way of a Good Pledge Drive

by Mike Wendy on November 28, 2018

Fundraising for a lost cause.

No, the fundraising action alert pictured at left is not an example of hopeful optimism. Asking for money from unwitting Net Neutrality supporters to pass a pending Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution reinstating Net Neutrality is an outright scam, pure and simple.

It stands ZERO chance of passing.

The organizers, and the reporters pushing this charade, know this – but they won’t let their supporters / readers know it (which is ironic, since they’re all about keeping the Internet “free and open” to combat censorship, “misinformation,” etc.).

Why let facts get in the way of a good pledge drive, eh?

Here’s Fight for the Future’s plan to pass the CRA into law:

“The FCC killed net neutrality, giving companies like Comcast and Verizon the power to control what we see and do online with throttling, censorship, and expensive new fees. But Congress can still reverse that decision using the Congressional Review Act (CRA). The Senate already passed a resolution, but now the House is running out of time to do the same. We’re focusing all of our energy on key lawmakers who are facing tight races, making them the most likely to listen to constituents…” (Emphasis added)

Really, that’s all it takes to bring Net Neutrality back – that is, the House passing its CRA?

Umm, no.

Sadly, purposely, you won’t find the following “disclaimer” / finer points / facts in any of their “we can pass it!” marketing / propaganda:

At last count, there are only 177 supporters of the House CRA – all Democrats, and one Republican. To put the CRA on the floor for a vote, it needs 218 votes to discharge it from Committee. That means Net Neutrality activists need to pick-up 41 “votes” for discharge, including House D’s that haven’t signed on, and at least 22 House R’s. Even after November’s mid-term election, CRA movement has remained stock-still. But, for argument’s sake, let’s assume supporters discharge the CRA from Committee. From there, it would proceed to debate and a floor vote, and, if successful, it would then be presented to President Trump before the end of the 115th Congress for his signature. That last step is the most daunting of all, given that President Trump / his administration is against Net Neutrality.  Consequently, the CRA would be vetoed, and, because of time constraints and lack of support, the veto would not be overridden.

This means the CRA is a dead letter, and the FCC’s repeal of Net Neutrality remains the law of the land.

Of course, the CRA tactic was always ever a losing game – a PR stunt. What a waste of time and effort, though.  Democrats could have worked with Republicans to resolve the Net Neutrality debate once and for all, but they chose politics and skenky fundraising instead.

The bogus pledge drive must end.

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