The White House told Republicans in Congress yesterday that the nation’s budget should not be used to enact “unrelated ideological provisions,” including a proposal to prevent the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing its net neutrality rules.
A letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) from Shaun Donovan, director of President Obama’s Office of Management and Budget, detailed several provisions that the White House objects to, including the net neutrality prohibition. The Republican-controlled Appropriations Committee released the budget proposal last week.
The 2016 budget proposal “contains provisions aimed at delaying or preventing implementation of the FCC’s net neutrality order, which creates a level playing field for innovation and provides important consumer protections on broadband service, and prohibits certain direct or indirect regulations that could independently prevent the order from being implemented,” Donovan wrote to Rogers. “The Administration believes that the Congress should consider appropriations bills free of unrelated ideological provisions. The inclusion of these provisions threatens to undermine an orderly appropriations process.”
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