The Congressional Review Act (CRA) is a law that was enacted by the United States Congress under House Speaker Newt Gingrich as Subtitle E of the Contract with America Advancement Act of 1996 (Pub.L. 104–121) and signed into law by President Bill Clinton on March 29, 1996.
The law empowers Congress to review, by means of an expedited legislative process, new federal regulations issued by government agencies and, by the passage of a joint resolution, to overrule a regulation.Once a rule is thus repealed, the CRA also prohibits the reissuing of the rule in substantially the same form or the issuing of a new rule that is substantially the same "unless the reissued or new rule is specifically authorized by a law enacted after the date of the joint resolution disapproving the original rule" (5 U.S. Code § 801(b)(2)). Congress has a window of time lasting 60 legislative days (i.e., days that Congress is actually in session, rather than simple calendar days) to disapprove of any given rule by simple majority vote
The House of Representatives is sitting on its hands instead of calling a vote to protect net neutrality. But those same members of Congress have had their hands in the pot of the anti-net neutrality telecommunications industry for years.
In May, the Senate passed a resolution to protect Obama-era net neutrality, undoing the repeal of those protections by the Trump administration's FCC. The legislation came via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), which is a statute that allows Congress to "revisit — and reject," rulings by government agencies within a certain window of time, according to the Washington Post.
Now, members of the House of Representatives want to bring the resolution to a vote. But even with the support of every Democrat and one Republican in the House, it still falls short of the 218 signatures required to force a vote.
The House has until the end of the year to vote on the CRA, according to the office of Congressman Mike Doyle, who is the author of the petition.
For those against the CRA, the scorecard shows how much money they're taking from the telecommunications industry. The campaign contribution numbers are based on a 2017 report from The Verge, with data sourced by the Center for Responsive Politics.
For example, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), leads the House of Representatives as the top recipient of donations: he received over $1.6 million between 1989 and 2017. Walden is also the chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and the former chairman of the subcommittee on Communications and Technology. He is against the CRA resolution.