Democratic Whip Update on Net Neutrality Victory!!!

20-13-1 on the Judiciary Committee. All Democrats voted the right way except Delahunt, who voted 'present'. Congrats everyone!

The vote count is looking better than it did yesterday for House Judiciary Democrats.  Here's the most recent list I have. This is for support of the Sensenbrenner-Conyers bill HR 5417 supporting net neutrality. If one of these is your representatives, especially the leaners, please pick up the phone. This is crunch time.

YES VOTES

Conyers YES    
Boucher YES    
Nadler  YES    
Lofgren YES    
Sanchez YES    
Wexler  YES  
Wasserman Schultz  YES  

LEANING YES VOTES

Bobby Scott   Leaning Yes  (202) 225-8351
Maxine Waters  Leaning Yes  (202) 225-2201
Marty Meehan  Leaning Yes  (202) 225-3411
Anthony Weiner  Leaning Yes  (202) 225-6616
Adam Schiff  Leaning Yes (202) 225-4176

UNDECIDED VOTES

Howard Berman  Undecided  202-225-4695  
Mel Watt  Undecided  (202) 225-1510
Sheila Jackson-Lee  Undecided   (202) 225-3816
Chris Van Hollen   Undecided (202) 225-5341

LEANING NO VOTE

William Delahunt  Leaning No  (202) 225-3111

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Representatives to Whip on the House Judiciary on Net Neutrality

Ok, so the House Judiciary is going to mark up Sensenbrenner's great net neutrality bill tomorrow. Many of the Democrats have been pressured by the Communications Worker's of America to vote down the net neutrality provisions. The CWA came out publicly against net neutrality just now because the telecom companies have convinced them that this is vital to their industry. The CWA has made a grievous error here, with SEIU taking the other side. I just learned that these are the members to contact on the Sensenbrenner bill. Here's what to say. Urge them to support the bipartisan Sensenbrenner-Conyers Net Neutrality bill (HR 5417) in the Judiciary Committee on Thursday -- and to support it without amendment. Saying without amendment is key.Howard Berman (D-Calif. 28th)Phone: 202-225-4695Fax: 202-225-3196William Delahunt (D-Mass. 10th)Phone: (202) 225-3111Fax: (202) 225-5658Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas 18th)(202) 225-3816 phone(202) 225-3317 FaxMarty Meehan (D-Mass. 5th)Phone: (202) 225-3411Fax: (202) 226-0771Bobby Scott (D-Va. 3rd)Phone: (202) 225-8351Fax: (202) 225-8354Chris Van Hollen (D-Md. 8th)Phone: (202) 225-5341Fax: (202) 225-0375Maxine Waters (D-Calif. 35th)Phone: (202) 225-2201Fax: (202) 225-7854Mel Watt (D-N.C. 12th)Tel. (202) 225-1510Fax (202) 225-1512Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y. 9th)Phone: (202) 225-6616Fax: (202) 226-7253Robert Wexler (D-Fla. 19th)phone: (202) 225-3001fax: (202) 225-5974

What's up with Sensenbrenner?

Sensenbrenner is our guy on COPE - pissing off a whole load of GOP honchos.

Then, apparently, he made a speech attacking Bush's immigration policy.

He's not cracking up, is he? Or, if he is, can he up his dosage until COPE is finally buggered?

(Serious point behind the levity...)

Update [2006-5-18 11:37:27 by skeptic06]:Fuller story on Sensenbrenner speech.

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Big Break on Net Neutrality

Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, the powerful Chair of the House Judiciary, came out in support of net neutrality today after his request to have the COPE Act brought to his committee failed.  From CQ (still searching for a link):

If the parliamentarian in fact refuses to send the measure to Judiciary for a second review, it would be a defeat for Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., R-Wis., who has insisted that his panel's oversight of business competition and antitrust issues entitles it to a crack at the telecom measure.

Joe L. Barton, R-Texas, the Energy and Commerce chairman who sponsored the bill, wants to send it directly to the House floor. Barton's committee approved the bill by a vote of 42-12 on April 26. The measure would make it easier for telephone companies to enter the video market.

If Judiciary cannot mark up that bill, Sensenbrenner and three of his committee's key Democrats are expected to introduce their own legislation to address one of the most contentious parts of Barton's bill -- the so-called net neutrality provision, which is intended to prevent phone and cable companies from abusing their power over the nation's broadband networks.

This fight - between Barton and Sensenbrenner - is pitting big business Republicans against libertarian Republicans.  There are also wide splits among Democrats, though the whipping from the blogs is putting pressure on both parties and having an effect.

The Judiciary Committee always gets a crack at telecom bills because of the antitrust issues inherent in the telecom network.  That Hastert denied Sensenbrenner his crack this time must be galling.  

The vote on the COPE Act is once again delayed, and that means that we're winning.

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