The White House is already threatening to veto Congress’ net neutrality bill

The White House signaled on Monday that it would advise President Donald Trump to veto a Democrat-backed net neutrality bill should it make it through both chambers of Congress.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a statement on Monday that said if the Save the Internet Act—a bill that would restore net neutrality rules by undoing the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) repeal—were to make it to the president’s desk for a signature, “his advisors would recommend that he veto it.”

The OMB said the Save the Internet Act would “return to the heavy-handed regulatory approach of the previous administration.”

The bill is scheduled to have a full vote in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, where it is expected to pass. Its fate in the Senate is murkier.

With a Republican majority in the Senate—and one Democratic senator still to support the bill—supporters will have to wrangle support from across the aisle for it to pass.

Last year, when Democrats tried to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to overturn the FCC repeal, three Republican senators broke ranks with their party and voted in favor of it.

However, Republicans hold an even larger majority than they did last year and there is no guarantee that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), and Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) would once again vote in favor of a net neutrality bill.

Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Penn.), who has spearheaded the House version of the Save the Internet Act, told CNET last month that he didn’t “see any reason” Trump would veto the bill, adding that it was “not a partisan issue.”

However, in July 2017 White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters that the administration supported the FCC repeal, and a few months later called net neutrality rules “burdensome.”

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Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich

Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).