Thune Statement on Senate Vote to Approve Open Internet Amendment

March 27, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate last night, under unanimous consent, approved an amendment offered by Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) stating the need for Congress to “protect the open Internet in a manner that provides clear and certain rules and does not jeopardize public safety, universal service, privacy, accessibility, consumer protection, competition, innovation, or investment.”

Thune, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, tonight issued the following statement on the amendment vote:

“This amendment underscores that Congress has a role and responsibility to set policy for protecting an open Internet. Passage of this amendment is a good omen that Congress can come together, on a bipartisan basis, to address uncertainty facing the Internet and consumers. I am grateful to my colleague Sen. Nelson for his efforts on this amendment and his continued engagement to establish certainty for the Internet through bipartisan legislation.”

Click here for the full text of amendment 1027 to S.Con.Res. 11, the congressional budget for the federal government for fiscal year 2016.