Marco Listens to Grassroots
Below is a note from J.R. Sanchez of Senator Marco Rubio’s office. It about the PROTECT IP Act under consideration in the Senate [House companion bill is the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)]. J.R. has advised that Marco, who was originally in favor of this bill, and for the right reasons, has been persuaded by grassroots activists that this bill is flawed and he has withdrawn his support. While no elected official will vote the way we want them to 100% of the time, Senator Rubio has stood for conservative, free market principles time and time again. He remains accessible to his constituents and he has demonstrated that he not only listens to what we have to say, but is willing to act on it.
My comment on Senator Rubio’s Facebook page:
Thanks Marco for your being flexible and listening to We the People. And thanks, J.R., for being our conduit! – Alan Berkelhammer
Dear Friends, Please distribute this IMPORTANT press release to ALL your friends, family and Colleagues.
SENATOR RUBIO’S STATEMENT:
A Better Way to Fight the Online Theft of American Ideas and Jobs
By Senator Marco Rubio
In recent weeks, we’ve heard from many Floridians about the anti-Internet piracy bills making their way through Congress. On the Senate side, I have been a co-sponsor of the PROTECT IP Act because I believe it’s important to protect American ingenuity, ideas and jobs from being stolen through Internet piracy, much of it occurring overseas through rogue websites in China. As a senator from Florida, a state with a large presence of artists, creators and businesses connected to the creation of intellectual property, I have a strong interest in stopping online piracy that costs Florida jobs.
However, we must do this while simultaneously promoting an open, dynamic Internet environment that is ripe for innovation and promotes new technologies.
Earlier this year, this bill passed the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously and without controversy. Since then, 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. Congress should listen and avoid rushing through a bill that could have many unintended consequences.
Therefore, 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. 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.