Sorry to hit you with another action post so soon, but this can't wait until tomorrow morning. Remember that anti-net neutrality provision from the finance/general governmental appropriations bill last week? We couldn't get it struck from the bill last week in subcommittee, but the full House Appropriations Committee will be marking it up tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., so we gotta act quickly. Free Press helps you call your Congressfolk and tell them to strike Title VI, Section 630 from the Financial Services and General Governmental Appropriations bill for fiscal 2016. You can find a list of House Appropriations Committee members here; sadly, the list doesn't provide phone numbers, but you can get those numbers here. Off the top of my head, I'd concentrate on Kentucky Republican (and Committee chair) Hal Rogers, at 202.225.4601; bill author Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) at 202.225.2501; Rep. Mike Simpson (R-ID) at 202.225.5531; Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) at 202.225.6411; Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) at 202.225.2865; Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) at 202.225.4806; Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) at 202.225.9730; Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) at 202.225.6506; Rep. Peter Visclosky (D-IN) at 202.225.2461; Rep. David Price (D-NC) at 202.225.1784; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) at 202.225.2661; and Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) at 202.225.1640. Tell your buddies who live in these districts that a phone call before 10 a.m. tomorrow morning will be especially important.
Don't be swayed by arguments claiming that Section 630 would only ban the FCC from spending money to enforce net neutrality regulations until lawsuits against net neutrality can be decided. For one thing, that's not exactly true: Section 630 would actually only be in effect until exactly three lawsuits against net neutrality can be decided, and why should those three lawsuits get special consideration from Congress? But more importantly, we don't know how long will it be until those three lawsuits get "decided." If the three lawsuits fail -- which I expect they will, since the plaintiffs can no longer avail themselves the "FCC has no authority" argument that won the last two famous lawsuits against net neutrality -- the plaintiffs will almost certainly appeal, and that will extend the ban on FCC enforcement of net neutrality, since Section 630 explicitly states that those lawsuits won't be considered "decided" until the "exhaustion of or expiration of the time for any appeals" has passed. That could be years, folks, and we can't have the FCC hamstrung from fulfilling its duty to do our will for that long. We have to win this now, and bring cowardly acts like Section 630 to the light of day.