Online SOPA Protest Having An Effect
Co-sponsors of the SOPA bill are changing sides, and other legislators are reevaluating their positions.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) — who was a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act — became the latest lawmaker Wednesday to pull his support. In the House, Rep. Ben Quayle (R-Ariz.), originally a co-sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act, pulled his name from the list of sponsors on Tuesday. A spokesman for Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.), meanwhile, told the Omaha World-Herald on Wednesday that the congressman is also unable to support SOPA as written.
The widespread Internet protest is even bringing new Washington voices into the fray. Mostly silent in the debate, Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) tweeted Wednesday he doesn’t back the bills…
Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) took to Twitter to tell followers that he heard concerns over the PROTECT IP Act “loud & clear & share in these concerns,” noting that he was “working to ensure critical changes are made to the bill.Click here for reuse options!
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