Mitch McConnell Called Out for Blocking Vote on Net Neutrality Rules Republicans Actually Like

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters following his speech to the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Elizabethtown Ky.Photo: Timothy D. Easley / APThe consumer protections widely known as “net neutrality” are hugely popular among Republicans throughout the U.S., if only because cable and internet providers are American’s choice…

Mitch McConnell Called Out for Blocking Vote on Net Neutrality Rules Republicans Actually Like

Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters following his speech to the monthly meeting of the Rotary Club, Tuesday, May 26, 2015, in Elizabethtown Ky.Photo: Timothy D. Easley / APThe consumer protections widely known as “net neutrality” are hugely popular among Republicans throughout the U.S., if only because cable and internet providers are American’s choice example of rapacious corporate gluttony. In Washington, however, things are radically different. Insofar as net neutrality is concerned, the relationship between GOP lawmakers and legendarily despised big cable companies—it’s like watching Peter and Shadow roll around in the leaves at the end of Homeward Bound.The gulf between the GOP’s agenda and what their constituents actually want when it comes to this specific policy is inconceivably vast. Even so, there is no prominent right-leaning movement to “save the internet.” Even if there were, Republicans are so demonstrably bad at preventing Big Business from usurping their grassroots movements that John Legere would probably fund it by the end of the week.Due to this, Mitch McConnell, the Senate majority leader, is currently stifling efforts to vote on a net neutrality bill that’s already passed the House. What he knows, and what everyone else knows, is that on Election Day, net neutrality will be the furthest thing from Republican voters’ minds. And given this, he can completely ignore their will.On Tuesday, Senator Edward Markey and other Democrats did their best to draw attention to this disconnect in speeches on the Senate floor. “The Save the Internet Act does exactly what the American people want,” said Markey. “It restores the rules that ensure famili
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