Six Senators Urge Harry Reid to Slow Down on PIPA Vote Plans

On January 13, six U.S. Senators sent a letter to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) imploring him not to rush the Protect IP Act (PIPA) to a vote on the floor without the chance to amend and debate the bill on January 24. 

The letter goes on to explain that the bill is in dire need of some revision and that they have listened to the strongly-expressed concerns of constituents and stake-holders about the unintended consequences of the bill in its current form. Some of those consequences named by the Senators included problems with cyber security, damage to the integrity of the internet, the stifling of innovation and creativity, and more.

The six Senators that signed the letter are Chuck Grassley (D-Iowa), Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama), Mike Lee (R-Utah), and Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma).

The letter was cc'd to Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and the bill's sponsor, Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont)

You can read the bill via Sribd.

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