Lankford, Durbin, Merkley, Barrasso

The Net Neutrality CRA (S. J. Res. 52)

Senator Lankford: (2:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "For 20 years the internet functioned under a very clear set of rules. The Federal Communications Commission had a set of rules for both content providers and for the fiber, the internet service providers. A clear set of rules. They couldn't violate any trade practices. They couldn't do monopolies. They couldn't violate the basic rules of commerce. It was a very clear set of rules. And then two years ago the F.C.C. - now the F.T.C. is the one, the Federal Trade Commission - the F.T.C. has been the one regulating the internet for two decades. The F.C.C. decided they wanted to regulate not the content and the internet service providers, just the internet service providers. So the F.C.C. in an unprecedented ruling that had already gone to court multiple times and failed, grabbed the regulatory control from the F.T.C."


Senator Durbin: (2:06 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "This is a rare day in the United States Senate. We are actually discussing an issue of substance on the floor. I welcome the visitors for this historic moment. We are waiting to vote tomorrow on whether or not the Trump administration's Federal Communications Commission which ends net neutrality is going to succeed or fail. Luckily we were joined by at least one Republican. I didn't look at the final roll call, to move us forward in this debate. All the Democrats and at least one Republican, and we prevailed. Tomorrow we hope to do the same. We hope it will be done on a bipartisan basis as well. Follow this debate because my guess is it's going to impact you and your life. "


Senator Merkley: (2:32 p.m.)

  • Spoke on net neutrality.
    • "Wouldn't it be amazing if this chamber actually believed in this constitution, this vision of distributed power among the voting citizens so we will have as Jefferson said laws that reflect the bill of the people. Well, here we are today with another issue that is a battle between the vision of our constitution and government by and for the powerful. It's called net neutrality. And what is net neutrality? Well, it's making the internet a place where we can all participate on an equal foundation, the freedom to have a full right to participate in the information world of today and tomorrow, a full opportunity to participate level-playing field and the economic battle ground of today and tomorrow. Freedom."


Senator Barrasso: (2:41 p.m.)

  • Spoke on the nomination of Gina Haspel to be C.I.A. Director.
    • "She understands every element of the work of America's intelligence community. Since she is actually the acting head of the agency today, I think anyone would be hard-pressed to say that she's not up to the job because she is doing the job. She has the faith and the trust of the men and women in the field who keep us safe every day. Let's not forget that she's also worked very closely with Mike Pompeo. He was head of the C.I.A. Now he's secretary of state. Having two people in these important jobs who already have a solid, respectful working relationship is extremely important for making sure that the United States foreign policy is air tight."