Congress Shelves (But Does Not Kill) SOPA and PIPA

Mass action on January 18, 2012 won a small victory for opponents of the internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA. Many websites “blacked out” in protest and asked visitors to sign an online petition. Google reports that 4.5 million people added their name to an online petition to Congress to oppose internet censorship. Possibly in response to these actions, Lamar Smith, the main sponsor of SOPA, announced on Friday that he would delay further action on the bill. The Washington Post reports, “The action by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.) on the Stop Online Piracy Act came a couple of hours after Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said that he would delay a cloture vote on a similar Senate bill, the Protect IP (Intellectual Property) Act.”

Neither Reid nor Smith said that they would not attempt to add the text of SOPA or PIPA into another piece of legislation with a better chance of passing. In fact, it is not unusual for Congress to combine unpopular proposals to legislation that is almost guaranteed to pass. DownsizeDC reports, “The REAL ID Act is a perfect example of how Congressional leaders pass laws that lack majority support. This bill created a scheme Americans have always opposed — a national ID card. This idea had so little support that it couldn’t even be brought to a vote in the Senate. Yet , Congressional leaders got it passed anyway, by attaching it to a bill Senators were afraid to oppose — the ‘Emergency, Supplemental Appropriations Act for Defense, the Global War on Terror, and Tsunami Relief.’ (May, 2005)” In similar fashion, a provision to ban online gambling was added into a port security bill.

Voters could lobby their so called “Representatives” on every piece of legislation. However, since Congress doesn’t have time to read bills before voting – and sometimes before debate; voters certainly don’t have time to read the bills AND lobby Congress. However, there is an easier way to get Congress to 1) know what they’re voting for (or against); 2) not combine multiple pieces of legislation; and 3) no longer hide the true subjects of their bills behind propagandistic titles such as the “USA PATRIOT Act,” the “Protect America Act,” or the “No Child Left Behind Act.”

I urge you to contact your Congressional representatives asking, nay demanding, they introduce and pass the bills of the DownsizeDC Agenda. The DownsizeDC Agenda consists of the Read the Bills Act, One Subject at a Time Act, Write the Laws Act, Enumerated Powers Act, Free Competition in Currency Act and proposals to have Congress “Cap the Debt” and Fight Deficit Spending.

posted by southernpatriot
  • Anonymoose

    They are calling the next draft bill “OPEN” and running it through another federal agency (not the Department of Justice). It is just as bad and exploitable by large corporations, which is pretty much the idea isn’t it?

  • David Kitchen

    NO More ‘ATTACHING” bills to other bills and legislation. We pay them to weigh in in on each piece of legislation.
    As our economy’s health is tied to energy, I ask you this-Why is America exporting oil? our gas prices are over $3.00 a gallon. Why do we give special privileges to foreign companies to operate and import within our country when their home countries will not do the same? Why is China still being given most favored trade status when China limits American imports into their country? Why are we giving money away to other countries when we as American are passing down multi-generational DEBT to our children and great grandchildren? Why do we as seem to be forgetting that we Pay those people in Washington to ‘GOVERN’ and Not to ‘RULE’. We are not ants and serfs! We stand idly by as more and more assertive and oppressive legislation is passed in the name of ‘TERRORISM’,sucking away our liberties and Giving more and more power to our EMPLOYEES in Washington.
     How many congressmen and Senators can actually quote the Bill of Rights and extrapolate on the meaning. Follow the money trail in Washington and you will find the game called corruption. The USA government is set up like a Corporation, You have the board of directors(Senators). The shareholders(By proxy-Congress) The treasurer,the vice president.The president and all the executives keeping it running. The workforce(govt. Workers)
    I ask you,what company in America could possibly stay in business if it had accumulated the debt  the US Govt. has? What company has employees who gives themselves a Raise as they see fit?