Thursday, June 29, 2006

Net Neutrality: We're Safe for the Moment

The Snowe-Dorgan Amendment to Ted Stevens' telecom bill tied 11-11 in committee, with all the Dems on the Senate Commerce Committee, plus Olympia Snowe, voting for. That means the amendment's not part of the bill. Then the bill itself passed the Commerce Committee by 15-7, without the amendment, of course.

But Ron Wyden's put a 'hold' on the bill, and has vowed to filibuster. And Stevens doesn't think he's got the sixty votes to break a filibuster, so he's decided to wait until Congress reconvenes in September, after its summer recess, to try to win over some more Democrats.

That's fine with me - that'll be more than two months closer to running out the clock on a telecom bill this year.

And in the meantime, we get a couple months to relax on this one before resuming the battle.


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