Reid Calls Off Protect IP Act Vote
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) on Friday delayed indefinitely a vote on the Protect IP Act, the proposed anti-piracy legislation that drew a widespread internet revolt Wednesday.
“In light of recent events, I have decided to postpone Tuesday’s vote on the Protect IP Act,” the senator said in a statement.
Reid urged Sen. Patrick Leahy, (D-Vermont) and the chief sponsor of of PIPA, to “continue engaging with all stakeholders to forge a balance between protecting Americans’ intellectual property, and maintaining openness and innovation on the internet.”
PIPA was scheduled for a procedural vote on the Senate floor on Tuesday, the first step toward breaking a rarely used hold on the measure imposed by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon).