Jan 9, 2018

Dems hope net neutrality will be election issue for young voters

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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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 11:30 p.m. ET: 6,889,889 — Total deaths: 399,642 — Total recoveries — 3,085,326Map.
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George Floyd updates

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators are rallying in cities across the U.S. and around the world to protest the killing of George Floyd. Huge crowds have assembled in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Chicago for full-day events.

Why it matters: Twelve days of nationwide protest in the U.S. has built pressure for states to make changes on what kind of force law enforcement can use on civilians and prompted officials to review police conduct. A memorial service was held for Floyd in Raeford, North Carolina, near where he was born. Gov. Roy Cooper ordered all flags to fly at half-staff to honor him until sunset.

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In photos: People around the world rally against racism

Despite a ban on large gatherings implemented in response to the coronavirus pandemic, protesters rally against racism in front of the American Embassy in Paris on June 6. Photo: Julien Mattia/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Tens of thousands of people have continued to rally in cities across the world against racism and show their support this week for U.S. demonstrators protesting the death in police custody of George Floyd.

Why it matters: The tense situation in the U.S. has brought the discussion of racism and discrimination onto the global stage at a time when most of the world is consumed by the novel coronavirus.