Senate Minority Leader McConnell Tells Reid/Leahy To Kill PIPA
from the ouch dept
Looks like the next domino in the SOPA/PIPA fight just fell. Tony Romm is reporting that Senate minority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell is calling on Democrats to drop PIPA. That has a high likelihood of killing off what little Republican support is left for PIPA, because where McConnell goes, so go most Republican Senate votes. As we predicted this morning, it’s looking like this is becoming a partisan issue — with the Republicans lined up with internet users… and Democrats lined up with a couple of big Hollywood studios who don’t want to innovate. The real shame in that, of course, is that for many, many months, the only person keeping PIPA from moving forward was Senator Ron Wyden — a Democrat… and it appears his entire party has totally abandoned him. I’m still worried this now becomes a partisan issue, but it’s still pretty stunning that Democratic leadership appears to have made a really, really bad calculation on the politics of this bill.
Update: Here’s McConnell’s official statement:
“While we must combat the on-line theft of intellectual property, current proposals in Congress raise serious legal, policy and operational concerns. Rather than prematurely bringing the Protect IP Act to the Senate floor, we should first study and resolve the serious issues with this legislation. Considering this bill without first doing so could be counterproductive to achieving the shared goal of enacting appropriate and additional tools to combat the theft of intellectual property. I encourage the Senate Majority to reconsider its decision to proceed to this bill.”
Reading between the standard DC political lines… McConnell is making this partisan.