Here’s the status of various legislative moves in Congress, including those that would slow down the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s move to step out of Internet domain functions:
HR 4342, by John Shimkus, R-Ill., would restrict the agency from stepping back in its role over the Internet domain name system or agreeing to any such proposal until the Government Accountability Office reports to Congress. The report would need to be submitted within a year of the NTIA receiving any proposed transition plan. The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the bill by voice vote.
HR 4398, by Sean P. Duffy, R-Wis., would prohibit the NTIA from stepping away from its role Internet domain name functions.
HR 4367, by Mike Kelly, R-Pa., would block the NTIA from stepping away from its role unless another law is enacted that would allow it.
Shimkus’ amendment to the House’s fiscal 2015 defense policy bill, HR 4435, incorporates his stand-alone bill. Adopted 245-177, largely along party lines with 17 Democrats breaking from their party to endorse the proposal.
Duffy’s amendment to the House’s fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science spending bill, HR 4660, would block money in the bill from being used for the NTIA to step back from its role over Internet domain system functions. Adopted 229-178, largely along party lines with 10 Democrats breaking from their party to vote in favor and one Republican — Joe L. Barton of Texas — breaking from his party to vote in opposition.
The House’s committee report for the fiscal 2015 Commerce-Justice-Science bill says the “recommendation for NTIA does not include any funds to carry out a transition of these functions.”
The Senate Appropriations Committee’s report on its Commerce-Justice-Science bill tasks NTIA to review and analyze any proposed transition to ensure an “oversight plan that is insulated from foreign government and inter-governmental control.” It also would direct NTIA to report to appropriators quarterly on the privatization process.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.