PIPA Co-Sponsor Rubio Announces Withdrawal of Support

PIPA Co-Sponsor Rubio Announces Withdrawal of Support

by January 18, 2012

Says the Republican: “Congress should listen and avoid rushing”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the co-sponsor of PIPA, one of the US Congressional bills being protested in several Internet blackouts today, this morning announced he will no longer support the legislation.

“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,” Rubio said in a statement on his Facebook page.
“Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.”

Rubio then called on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Democrat from Nevada, to not bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

“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,” Rubio said.

As it stands now, debate on PIPA remains scheduled in the US Senate for next week.