House Republicans plan to offer six amendments this afternoon seeking to block the Democratic-led FCC from using its funds to implement controversial new "network neutrality" regulations as the GOP escalates its attacks on the rules.
The move follows the introduction of resolutions of disapproval in both chambers Wednesday that also seek to derail the rules. Five of the amendments would target the FCC's broader FY 2011 funding under the Continuing Resolution being debated in the lower chamber, while a sixth would cut the salary of an FCC official involved with the implementation process.
The enforceable net neutrality regulations, which impact telecom and cable providers of broadband, seek to preserve the Internet's openness by barring anticompetitive online behavior. Critics insist the restrictions amount to government overreach and represent a federal takeover of the Internet.
The regulations were adopted in December by the agency's three Democrats over objections from the commission's two GOP members and Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Earlier this afternoon, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore, chairman of the Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, offered one of the amendments, to be voted on later today. To read more about it, click here
Amendments targeting FCC funding also have been filed by three Florida Republicans -- Cliff Stearns, Connie Mack and Mario Diaz-Balart, -- along with Rep. Tom Graves, R-Ga.