House Republicans blocked a measure Tuesday night that would have let the Federal Communications Commission prevent employers from forcing workers to reveal their Facebook passwords.
Democrats offered the legislation as part of bill to slap new restrictions on FCC rules after a string of reports about employers insisting on access to social media accounts — a practice that some senators already want investigated by the Justice Department.
The measure failed, 184 to 236, with no Republicans voting for it.
So wait, why is this getting voted down again? This should have blanket support. Here’s part of the answer, from Republican Rep. Greg Walden: “You don’t protect the consumer. And there are many of us who after this debate concludes and moves on, would be happy to work with you on legislation because I think this is a real issue that we all share, and that is protecting privacy. This doesn’t do that.”