Jan 9, 2018

Dems hope net neutrality will be election issue for young voters

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer listens at a press conference

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Senate Democrats said Tuesday they expect young voters to get behind to their effort to reverse the FCC’s repeal of net neutrality rules.

What they're saying: “It’s an issue that galvanizes people, particularly younger people who grew up with the internet,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, the chamber’s Democratic leader.

Why it matters: Democrats have enough support to force Republicans to vote on a resolution to block FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal. Sen. Ed Markey said the vote will likely come in "late spring or into the summer.”

Reality check: The effort doesn't stand a chance in the Republican-controlled House. Even if they did, Trump would likely veto it. Still, appealing to younger voters could deliver longer-term results at the polls.

Go deeper: New York Times reporter Cecilia Kang reported last month that teenagers are among the most vocal opponents of the FCC's repeal of net neutrality rules.

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