Today, President Trump signed a bill dismantling online privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order by way of the Congressional Review Act. This bill not only terminates the FCC’s privacy rules but also prevents the agency from creating similar privacy protections in the future. The bill previously passed both the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
Today, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a joint resolution dismantling online privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission’s 2016 Broadband Privacy Order by way of the Congressional Review Act.
Today, Public Knowledge joins 44 public interest groups in a letter to the United States House of Representatives arguing against the adoption of the Midnight Rules Relief Act of 2017. This bill would amend the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to allow disapproval of all regulations reported in the final year of a presidential term, jeopardizing public protections.
Today, Congress released its proposed omnibus bill to fund the federal government through September 30, 2016. This compromise proposal removes a provision that would have restricted the Federal Communications Commission’s ability to enforce its landmark net neutrality rules adopted in February 2015. Republicans included this provision in initial appropriations bills passed by the House and Senate Appropriations Committees last summer. The proposal also increases FCC funding to $344 million, providing $44 million more than Fiscal Year 2015. Congress plans to vote on the compromise proposal by the end of this week.