March 23, 2017
WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), member of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation, today voted for S. J. Res. 34, a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval. This legislation nullifies a Federal Communication Commission (FCC) rule that imposes regulations outside of the agency’s jurisdiction regarding practices for protecting consumer information. This legislation passed the Senate.
“The FCC unilaterally gave itself the authority to impose consumer privacy regulations, despite Congress delegating that authority to the Federal Trade Commission,” Inhofe said. “This rule would stifle future industry innovation and has already created substantial burdens for companies that are forced to make sense of and then comply with competing regulations issued by multiple government agencies. By passing this legislation, Congress is taking another step in rolling back the Obama administration’s disastrous regulatory overreach.”
Brian Dietz, vice president of NCTA, the Internet and Television Association, also praised the Senate passage of S. J. Res. 34.
“We appreciate today’s Senate action to repeal unwarranted FCC rules that deny consumers consistent privacy protection online and violate competitive neutrality. The Senate’s action represents a critical step towards reestablishing a balanced framework that is grounded in the long-standing and successful FTC privacy framework that applies equally to all parties operating online. We support this step towards reversing the FCC’s misguided approach and look forward to restoring a consistent approach to online privacy protection that consumers want and deserve.”