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Congressman Seeks to Block FCC
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
February 15--  Today, U.S. Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-9), member of the House Appropriations Committee, issued the following statement after filing an amendment to H.R. 1, the continuing resolution, which would prohibit the Federal Communications Commission from using any funding to implement “Net Neutrality” regulations:
 
“Unelected bureaucrats who do not answer to the American people should not have control over the brightest frontier in our economy.  The explosive growth of the Internet—the entrepreneurship, jobs, and innovation of the last twenty years—is testament to free market-inspired competition.  It is totally unacceptable for five power hungry FCC bureaucrats to circumvent Congress, defy judicial precedent, and invade the internet with cumbersome regulation.
 
“Government control is an open invitation for political bias and special interest groups to influence regulations, stifle competition, and diminish the continued job growth and technological advancement that has been the hallmark of the Internet in our country.  President Obama’s administration must not be allowed to throw a wet blanket on America’s future.  I call on members of the House to support my amendment and block the FCC’s power grab so the brightest among us can continue uninhibited with their work in the Internet marketplace.”
 
Background:
Rep. Graves is a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services, which has jurisdiction over funding the Federal Communications Commission.

AMENDMENT TO H.R. 1
OFFERED BY REP. TOM GRAVES
“None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to implement or enforce the Report and Order of the Federal Communications Commission relating to the matter of preserving the open Internet and broadband industry practices (FCC 10-201, adopted by the Commission on December 21, 2010).”
 
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