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Demand Progress statement on House passage of S.J. Res 34

March 28, 2017
Media contact: Mark Stanley, [email protected], 202.681.7582

The following statement can be attributed to Demand Progress communications director Mark Stanley:

“What we saw today in the House was a rush job to pass a very unpopular resolution at the behest of the Big Cable industry, which wants to safeguard its ability to profit off consumers’ private data.

“In recent weeks, Demand Progress has helped drive thousands of calls to Congress, with the public urging members not to sell them out to Big Cable. Unfortunately, today most Republicans in Congress did just that, by prioritizing profits of cable and internet companies like Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon over the interests of their constituents. It’s particularly disappointing this passed on a largely party-line vote — strong privacy protections should not be partisan, and opposing this bill should have been a commonsense choice, no matter political party.

“We commend the 15 Republicans who voted against this anti-privacy measure, as well as the fact that no Democrats supported it. Despite passage, members of Congress should take note of the outpouring of grassroots opposition to the resolution in recent days, and remember that when it comes to defending privacy and an open internet, the public is ready to hold their elected representatives accountable.”