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Update: Congress Reacts To SOPA Protest

Congressional support for the Stop Online Piracy Act is flagging, as web giants Google and Wikipedia and numerous other websites, joined an internet-based protest of the proposed legislation today. We talked about the SOPA and the protests here.

Republican Senators Marcio Rubio of Florida and John Cornyn of Texas, both said today they now opposed the Senate version of the bill as currently written. (It’s called the Protect IP Act, or PIPA). Rubio had been a co-sponsor the Senate bill.

Meanwhile, South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, tweeted this morning that while he supported the need for a bill,  the current legislation was “misguided.” Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez from New Jersey, also raised concerns about the bill in a tweet.

The White House announced that it opposed the bill last weekend.

Republican Congressman Ben Quayle from Arizona and Nebraska Rep. Lee Terry, both co-sponsors of the House version, announced yesterday that they were withdrawing their support for the legislation, known in the House as the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA.

The Senate bill has 39 remaining co-sponsors and the House version has 29.

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