Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) admits that overturning or repealing the new net neutrality rules put in place earlier this month by the Federal Communications Commission will be difficult because the Democrats still control the Senate and the White House.
Hutchinson has been one of the most vocal opponents of the new regulations on broadband and wireless service providers. Though she has pledged to put forth a resolution to "disapprove the legislation" she admits that she faces an uphill battle in both houses and an inevitable veto from the president should it make it that far.
"As long as the Democrats are in control of the Senate and the president believes this is the way to govern, we will have a hard time shutting it down," Hutchison told host David Asman during a Fox Business Channel interview. "But I hope enough Democrats will come alongside us in the Senate and Republicans in the House and say this is wrong."
Hutchinson also promised to use the appropriations process to prevent the FCC from enforcing the new rules by cutting off the cash flow.
"Another way we can try to stop them is cut off their funds to implement this regulation, which we will try to do," Hutchison said.
Republicans have promised to defund a number of the president's initiatives (including healthcare reform and net neutrality) but how that process will work remains to be seen. We will start seeing the process unfold when the new batch of lawmakers officially take office in January.
Source: The Hill