Wyden Vows To Again Block Leahy's US Anti-Online Piracy Bill

Posted in: Government & Policy at 28/05/2011 22:15

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., renewed his fight over online piracy legislation Thursday by announcing he will again block it from moving to the Senate floor.

Wyden said he has placed a "hold" on the legislation, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. The bill, sponsored by Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., is aimed at cracking down on foreign websites that offer pirated content and counterfeit goods. A hold prevents Senate leadership from obtaining agreement to bring a bill to the floor. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could get around a hold by seeking a cloture vote, which would require 60 votes, on allowing the bill to proceed to the floor for debate.

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