Franken and Klobuchar on PIPA protests: We heard your concerns
|Though they aren't quite ready to admit PIPA was a bad idea, our senators are now open to "compromise."|
Though both continue to support some form of legislation aimed at curbing foreign piracy, spokesmen for each said that the Senators are now interested in a "compromise."
All the other members of Minnesota's congressional indicated that they either oppose the proposed legislation or are at least leaning toward opposing it.
MinnPost quotes a Klobuchar spokesmen as saying the following:
[Sen. Klobuchar] believes we need to address concerns being raised today and work out a compromise that balances free exchange on the Internet with stopping foreign piracy that hurts our economy.Striking a similar note, Franken's spokesman said:
|Even Michele Bachmann agrees that SOPA and PIPA should be stopped.|
Sen. Franken has heard the concerns that many Minnesotans have voiced over the past few days about the PROTECT IP Act, and he believes we need to reach a compromise that will both keep the Internet free and open and protect American jobs.Come on senators! It makes sense that as co-sponsors of a wildly unpopular piece of legislation you're now trying to save face. But when each and every other member of your state's congressional delegation agrees that said legislation is a bad idea -- even including Michele Bachmann, who said last October that she has "serious concern about government getting involved in regulation of the internet" and doesn't like "the ambiguities in this legislation" -- then it's probably time to admit the whole thing was a bad idea from the beginning.
In any event, it's comforting to know that yesterday's unprecedented online protests weren't for naught.
-- Keith Ellison opposes SOPA, joins blackout