Senator Marco Rubio Dropping His Co-Sponsorship Of PIPA

from the another-down dept

It appears that the some in Congress are finally hearing you. Senator Marco Rubio, from Florida, has announced that he is removing his name as a co-sponsor of PIPA and is urging Senator Harry Reid not to go ahead with the plan to bring the bill to the floor.
Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, we've heard legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.

Therefore, I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor. Instead, we should take more time to address the concerns raised by all sides, and come up with new legislation that addresses Internet piracy while protecting free and open access to the Internet.
Publicity stunt? Or democracy in action? I vote for the latter. It's good to see politicians actually listening to constituents rather than lobbyists sometimes...

Filed Under: backlash, blackouts, marco rubio, pipa, protect ip, protests, sopa, sponsors


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    ltlw0lf (profile), 18 Jan 2012 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re:

    Any comment from the US on how your own press is reporting on this? I know the TV News coverage has been shoddy but what about the Press and their websites?

    For me, I've seen a lot of "why wikipedia is offline" reports, but they've gone out of the way to explain the controversy in their own words (underblown/overblown.) But it is nice to see that the media finally has to cover SOPA/PIPA since they've been ignoring it for so long.

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