Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Senate Consideration Of The PROTECT IP Act

“I am pleased the Majority Leader has filed a motion to proceed to the PROTECT IP Act.  The costs of online infringement are American jobs, harm to America’s economy, and very real threats to consumers’ safety.  The answer cannot simply be to do nothing.  The Internet is a vibrant and free marketplace; it cannot be lawless.

“Few issues before Congress today are as well supported on both sides of the political aisle as the PROTECT IP Act, and boast the broad support that this legislation has received.  As we continue to look for ways to bolster the economy and get Americans back to work, we can ill-afford to save the debate on how to counter online infringement for another day.  I look forward to the Senate’s debate on this important, bipartisan legislation.  I applaud Chairman Smith’s efforts to advance online infringement legislation.  And I look forward to sending yet another bipartisan, job-creating bill to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law.”

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