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On top of the earlier news about Dem Sen. Patrick Leahy agreeing to water down PIPA (the Senate version of SOPA), I just read this eyebrow-raiser:

In an incredible turn of events, six Republican Senators have asked Majority Leader Harry Reid not to hold a vote on PIPA, the Senate version of SOPA.

They write, “Prior to committee action, some members expressed substantive concerns about the bill, and there was a commitment to resolve them prior to floor consideration. That resolution has not yet occurred.”

And as an amazing validation of the grassroots response to SOPA, led by groups like Fight for the Future, EFF, Public Knowledge, and Demand Progress, they write, “Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal concerns about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights.”
Senators Charles Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Jeff Sessions, John Cornyn, Mike Lee, and Tom Coburn signed the letter.

In addition, Democratic Senator Ben Cardin, another co-sponsor, has reversed himself.

Still, I'm stunned that the first ones to jump ship on this are 6 Republican Senators. We're through the looking glass, folks.

Originally posted to Brainwrap on Fri Jan 13, 2012 at 05:59 PM PST.

Also republished by Maryland Kos.

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