PIPA Co-Sponsor Abandons His Awful Bill

PIPA Co-Sponsor Abandons His Awful Bill

Senator Marco Rubio has had a change of conscience. The legislation abomination known as PIPA, birthed in part from Rubio’s Floridian law-womb, just officially lost his support. Keep up the pressure, everyone.

Citing “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 says “I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor.”

Good for you — we applaud Rubio’s back-pedalling. Usually we want our representatives to have a staunch backbone. But not when they’re wrong.

So how about it, Senator Reid?

Update: Reid is still in, but Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) — another PIPA co-sponsor — has just announced that he’s withdrawing his support. Keep ’em coming, people.

Update 2: And another one bites the dust; Senator John Boozman (R-Ar.) will remove his name from the co-sponsors list and has pledged to vote against the bill in its current form. More of this. [Sen. Rubio on FacebookThanks Ryan!]