Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid Puts Kibosh on SOPA/PIPA Vote

Friday, January 20, 2012

Following Wednesday’s internet protest blackout, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced on Friday that the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA) and the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) had been postponed indefinitely.

Reid said in a statement:

“There is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved. Counterfeiting cost the American economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs each year, with the movie industry alone supporting over 2.2 million jobs. We must take action to stop these illegal practices. We live in a country where people rightfully expect to be fairly compensated for a day’s work, whether that person is a miner in the high desert of Nevada, or an independent band in New York City, or a union worker on the back lots of a California movie studio. I admire the work that Chairman Leahy has put into this bill. I encourage him to continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet. We made good progress through the discussions we’ve held in recent days, and I am optimistic that we can reach a compromise in the coming weeks.”

Reid’s announcement comes just one day after a whip count by Open Congress revealed a mass of Senators had turned against PIPA after the Internet’s first major, coordinated blackout on Wednesday resulted in millions to contact their members of Congress to demand the bill be scrapped. It takes 41 votes to stop a bill from moving through the Senate, and so far 38 members are either confirmed “No” votes, or are leaning toward a “No” on SOPA/PIPA.

Oddly, it is Republican lawmakers who pulled their support from the bill, including one of the bill’s original sponsor Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) while Democrats held fast in their support. They include Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), who’s accepted nearly $1 million dollars from pro-SOPA/PIPA groups and Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) who’s accepted $777,383 from PIPA-supporting special interest groups.

Other spineless Democrats who continue to voice their support for SOPA and PIPA includes: Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI),  and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO).

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz is one of the most prominent supporters of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which drew massive protests from sites like Wikipedia and Google on Wednesday. Google reported that over 4 million people signed their anti-piracy petition on Wednesday.

At last night’s presidential debate in South Carolina, the four remaining Republican candidates denounced the Protect IP Act.

It appears that for now, the internet is safe.

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9 Responses to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid Puts Kibosh on SOPA/PIPA Vote

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    The motion picture industry hired former Sen. Chris Dodd to do their dirty work on this. Democrats in the US House and Senate are rumored to have supported the bill without having read it and out of loyalty to their old pal, Chris Dodd. The “do nothing” US Congress can never be trusted and this includes Democrats. Great post and thanks for reporting this.

  2. Dis Gusted says:

    the bill had no teeth anyway.

  3. Arizona Leatherneck says:

    It’s a damned shame when we look to Republicans to protect the internet and freedom of speech because Democrats are too busy counting their special interest money.

    Barbara Boxer and Al Franken should be ashamed of themselves.

    I thought they were the “good guys” but evidently, their part of the problem. I hope they lose their reelection campaigns over this.

  4. Brigadoon says:

    DNC Chair Debbie Wassermann-Schultz is a transsexual. She used to be a “he” back in her Long Island, NY days. “She” has an Adam’s Apple. Just Ann Coulter.

  5. Fran says:

    At last night’s presidential debate in South Carolina, the four remaining Republican candidates denounced the Protect IP Act.


  6. Walk on Socks says:

    Controlling the internet’s content is the first step to total tyranny.

    Already Obama wants the internet shut-off switch so he can turn off the 12 servers that control 99% of the web traffic in the USA. I’m sure Janet Napolitano’s nipples are hard just thinking about having such complete control.

    We can’t ever let the federal government have so much control. This isn’t a liberal v. conservative or Democratic v. Republican issue. It’s a civil liberties matter.

  7. DMason says:

    I am extremely disappointed to see Al Franken’s name there. I thought he was on our side when in fact, he’s in it for the coin. Fuck them all.

  8. Mauigirl says:

    I couldn’t be happier that this protest actually worked. Nothing scares politicians like the fear of not being reelected – except apparently in the Democrats’ case, the fear of not getting Hollywood money was even greater. Oh well, we already knew they were in it for the money, didn’t we? Aren’t they all?

  9. Johnny says:

    I don’t know why anyone is disappointed in Franken. If you heard his show on Air America, you’d know he’s totally a centrist or neo liberal. All the other hosts were to his left, and even they all turned out to be Obama apologists, especially Rachel Maddow, reigning queen of the O-bots.

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