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Senate Dems Need 1 More Vote to Pass Bill Restoring Net Neutrality Rules

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Democrats in the Senate need one more vote to pass a bill that would restore net neutrality rules the Federal Communications Commission ended in December, Business Insider reported Tuesday.

All 49 Democratic senators, along with Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, support the bill which would lead to a 50-50 vote that Vice President Mike Pence would have to break, according to Business Insider.

However, the bill has a slim chance of passing in the House of Representatives and getting President Donald Trump's signature.

Democrats are using the Congressional Review Act that allows Congress to vote on regulations that government agencies implement. Republicans have used the act to repeal regulations from the Obama administration, the report said.

Net neutrality rules ban internet providers from blocking or slowing down websites. FCC chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump, rescinded the rules in December, saying they restricted industry too much, The Washington Post reported.

Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., on Tuesday tweeted:

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