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Rep. Mike Kelly: 'Net Neutrality' Another Power Grab

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 04:32 PM

Rep. Mike Kelly gave a tea party welcome to new, utility-like restrictions on cable and telecom companies, calling a federal regulator's vote on Thursday to impose "net neutrality" a blow to freedom of expression and another unconstitutional power grab by the executive branch.

The Pennsylvania Republican blasted the 3-2 ruling by Federal Communications Commission, telling "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday that net neutrality is just more stifling government control of free enterprise from the same people who brought you the Affordable Care Act.

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While net neutrality advocates, including President Barack Obama cheered the FCC for safeguarding an "open and free" Internet, Kelly said to assume the contrary.

"Anything that comes out of Washington — whatever you think it says, it usually means the opposite of what is stated," said the class of 2010 tea party insurgent re-elected to a third term in November.

The ruling bans data carriers such as Verizon from creating online express lanes, in which Internet-based companies such as Netflix can pay extra to get their content delivered faster to customers.

Opponents of net neutrality say it unfairly rewards heavy-traffic "bandwidth hogs" such as Netflix while pushing new costs on data carriers — and consumers — who have poured billions into Internet improvements.

Some critics also say Obama effectively bullied the independent, bipartisan FCC into giving him his preferred outcome.

"So our president that said this would be the most clear and transparent administration ever continues to bully and push forward things that are totally closed, that happen in the dark, that happen without anybody knowing about it," said Kelly.

"Even our members on the FCC say this is an egregious overreach by the administration," Kelly said, referring to the two commission members appointed by congressional Republicans.

"It's again a continuing effort for big, big government to limit what we're able to do as private individuals and private citizens," he said. "It interferes with our freedom and our liberty, and it's something we all need to not just be aware of, but be scared of."

Kelly also discussed the stalemate over Department of Homeland Security funding, with a shutdown of the agency threatened if its budget isn't renewed by midnight Friday.

Kelly said that DHS is "being held hostage by Mr. Reid," referring to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat whose caucus has filibustered every attempt by the majority to strip out funding for Obama's executive order welcoming in millions of illegal immigrants.

Kelly's boss, House Speaker John Boehner, has yet to say whether he will fall in line behind the Senate, which this week backed away from the House's targeted spending bans and is now debating a no-strings-attached DHS funding bill.

Kelly said Senate Republicans who have stood down, fearing a political backlash if they don't fully fund Homeland Security, are falling for the same "false" White House message that has bamboozled many Americans into believing that Republicans are to blame if the agency goes dark.

He urged Americans to read he Constitution and understand how Obama has abused his authority on immigration, and then read HR 240, which funded DHS without letting Obama exceed his powers by unilaterally handing out work permits and visa to millions of immigrants here illegally.

Kelly said that in passing HR 240, he and like-minded lawmakers did exactly what the Constitution calls for, and did not overstep their authority.

"I'm not going to overreach in my job because I'm not happy with him," he said of Obama, who he charged has "violated his oath" to protect and defend the Constitution.

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Rep. Mike Kelly gave a tea party welcome to new, utility-like restrictions on cable and telecom companies, calling a federal regulator's vote on Thursday to impose "net neutrality" a blow to freedom of expression and another unconstitutional power grab.
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