"I will continue working in the Senate to maintain a free and open internet to rein in the Obama administration's regulatory overreach".
"Moreover, contrary to the scare tactics employed by Senate Democrats, which earned three Pinocchios from the Washington Post's fact-checker, our light-touch approach will deliver better, faster, and cheaper Internet access and more broadband competition to the American people - something that millions of consumers desperately want and something that should be a top priority", Pai said.
Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, said that the resolution was a "bizarre exercise" that isn't "going anywhere".
Scheduled to disappear on June 11, the rules have become a political flashpoint.
In recent months, Republicans have used the tools made available in the Congressional Review Act to overturn several environmental, health and safety rules put into place in the final months of the Obama administration. All Democrats and Independents voted for it, and all but three Republicans voted against it. "My guess is 90 percent of Americans support fuzzy bunny rabbit", Cruz said.
Net neutrality advocates gain symbolic win as Senate votes to save Obama rules
The repeal effort led by Senate Democrats faces a major hurdle within the Home and an excellent higher one within the White Home, however Democrats hope to rally help from younger voters as they head to the poll field within the 2018 midterm elections. Murkowski spent about 30 minutes on the Senate floor discussing that procedural vote with key Republicans and Democrats before making her decision.
In a statement applauding the 52-47 vote, Free Press Action Fund president Craig Aaron said the Senate's passage of the so-called resolution of disapproval is "a historic win for supporters of net neutrality and a stinging rebuke to the army of phone-and cable-company lobbyists and lackeys trying to take away our internet freedom". The measure can not be filibustered in the Senate. Originally passed in 2015 and upheld by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in 2016, the rules required that internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon treat all web traffic equally.
Some in favor of repealing net neutrality have argued lifting the regulations will lift financial burdens on internet service providers and enable them to build out rural broadband infrastructure. Telecommunications companies oppose the regulations.
This move was expected and is generally far removed from the public debate on net neutrality. Democrats think the fight to restore the rules could be a political victor during November's congressional midterm elections even if the effort is unsuccessful because it will force Republicans to vote against reinstating the rules.