DACA Vote Coming Soon; Net Neutrality; and Congrats on Finishing Finals!
A group of Republican congressional representatives have defied party leadership by circulating a petition that would require four bills on DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to be brought to the floor for a vote. (Normally, bills must be approved and put forward by the Speaker of the House.) Those pushing for the vote include Representative Jeff Denham of California, Representative Will Hurd of Texas, and Florida Representatives Mario Diaz-Balert and Carlos Curbelo. On a different front, a new lawsuit filed in Texas is seen as seeking a fast-track to the United States Supreme Court by creating a circuit split over the issue of whether DACA can be rescinded by executive order. Currently, three circuit court judges have issued nation-wide injunctions ensuring that DACA protections stay in place. The new law suit, which was filed by attorney generals of Texas and six other states -- Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, South Carolina, and West Virginia -- seeks the opposite result.
Net neutrality isn’t dead . . . yet. Senator Edward Markey announced that a group of senators have utilized the Congressional Review Act to force a vote on the widely unpopular recently enacted FCC regulations peeling back other regulations that ensured equal access. Markey declared: “This is a fight for the internet.” Early reports suggest the vote might be extremely close. Fifty senators are said to favor reversal, meaning one additional vote is necessary to send the bill to the House of Representatives. A number of companies have issued “red alerts” on their websites urging visitors to voice support to overturn the new FCC regulations, including, among others, Tinder, Tumbler, and TripAdvisor. Congress has limited time to act, so do consider getting involved. #NetNeutrality.
And on a more local note, are you all feeling a bit relieved right now? Congrats to all LLS students for finishing up finals! Schools out for summer? Well, not exactly. Our first-years are toiling away on the annual Write-On Competition for Loyola’s prestigious law review and journals. Hang in there and Good luck!