This Congressman is about to decide whether to help save net neutrality or blow his career
On Friday evening –– the perfect time to release something you’re hoping no one will notice –– Representative Mike Coffman (R-CO) tweeted this:
We have been warning for months that Rep Coffman is planning to introduce his own net neutrality legislation, which would play right into Comcast and AT&T’s hands by derailing our best chance at restoring open Internet protections: the Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that already passed the Senate and has more than 170 votes confirmed in the House.
Coffman has been flooded with calls, emails, tweets, protests, and meeting requests from constituents, veterans, and small business owners in his district. It appears he’s ignoring them and still planning to introduce legislation. This is exactly what the cable companies want. They love the idea of legislation because its easy for them to fill it with loopholes, and they know it has no chance of passing. Coffman’s bill would need 60 votes in the Senate, whereas the CRA already passed their and only needs a simple majority.
But here’s the good news: there is still a chance that Coffman could do the right thing by signing the discharge petition and supporting the CRA. The math isn’t complicated. Coffman is incredibly vulnerable in his district, and the overwhelming majority of voters want real net neutrality.
Contact Rep Mike Coffman right now and tell him that if he introduces legislation without signing on to the CRA, he’ll be blowing his career:
- District office: 720-748-7514
- DC office: 202-225-7882
- Twitter: @RepMikeCoffman
All you have to do is take one look at the responses to Coffman’s tweet to know that that’s what his constituents, and net neutrality supporters across the Internet, want him to do:
Fight for the Future is monitoring this situation closely. We’ve prepared a design for a billboard, and if Rep Coffman––or any other member of Congress — introduces legislation without signing on to the CRA, we will crowdfund to put up at least one of these, and hopefully more, in their district.
If on the other hand Coffman shows some political courage, signs the discharge petition, and calls on his GOP colleagues to do the same, he will be a true Internet hero. By putting free speech and economic innovation before partisan politics, he could open the floodgates for GOP lawmakers to support this common sense resolution to restore net neutrality protections that the overwhelming majority of Americans want.
Please share this widely, and forward to everyone you know in Coffman’s district near Aurora (CO-6).