WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today issued the following statement after the U.S. Senate’s vote on net neutrality:

“I support a law to protect consumers and secure an open internet, not a partisan regulatory process at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that can be easily changed from administration to administration. Regardless of whether the FCC is chaired by a Republican or Democrat – Congress should set the rules for the internet and act on legislation that would prevent blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of internet traffic. I have spoken with Chairman Thune and he made a commitment to me that he is proceeding on bipartisan legislation that embodies these principles.  Moreover, I don’t believe the FCC had the legal authority to do what it did in 2015, and that’s another reason I voted against the CRA today.  We should not resurrect rules that should not have been done by the regulatory process in the first place.  It’s time for the Senate to do the hard work necessary to find a bipartisan, sustainable path forward that would protect consumers and provide certainty for innovators and small businesses.”