I like it:
Despite grumbling from lawmakers who want a permanent ban, the House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to extend for four more years a moratorium on taxation of Internet access.
The bill (HR 3678) passed 405-2, The existing ban on Internet access taxes will expire Nov. 1 unless Congress extends it by that date.
Although supporters of making the ban permanent had enough votes to amend the bill to their liking, Democratic leaders put it on the floor under suspension of the rules, a procedure that bars amendments and is usually reserved for less controversial legislation.
“Basically, what the Democratic leadership has said is, ‘Here’s four years, take it or leave it,’ ” said Republican Robert W. Goodlatte of Virginia, cosponsor of a permanent ban.
Melvin Watt, D-N.C., said there was a very good reason for the decision to go with a moratorium extension rather than a permanent ban. “The Senate has not done anything yet and in many ways has made it clear that a permanent moratorium would be dead on arrival,” Watt said.
Four years is better than nothing, and unlike the permanent ban, this bill actually stood a chance of being passed.