Congress clashes over online domain name oversight
US plans to cede oversight of Internet domain names growing into political fight
Associated Press
2014-04-11 06:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republican opposition to Obama administration plans to spin off U.S. oversight of the Internet's domain name system is evolving into an election-year political fight.

Republican lawmakers say Obama wants to surrender too much leverage over the Internet. They also are using the issue to attack President Barack Obama's trustworthiness.

One pivotal lawmaker on the issue is Oregon Republican congressman Greg Walden. He said Thursday that he doesn't want to quickly sign off on the administration's plan because he has seen enough of what he calls Obama's imperial presidency politics.

Democrats say Republican criticism -- such as warnings that the Internet could be turned over to hostile powers -- is off-base.

California Democratic congresswoman Anna Eshoo says the administration's proposal is a sound plan, not a conspiracy.

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