Yesterday's internet blackout may have had some success changing minds and winning hearts in the nation's capital. In the last 24 hours, a total of 18 U.S. senators have publicly withdrawn support of the controversial Protect IP Act, better known as PIPA.
Though on the internet the issue has largely been bi-partisan, the recent withdrawl of support has largely come from Republicans. Many of the defections have been high-profile, including former PIPA co-sponsors Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR),Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. David Vitter (R-LA), and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD).
According to an informal head count at opencongress.org, 33 senators currently stand in support of the bill, while 36 remain opposed. A total of 51 votes are needed to defeat this bill for sure; though the bill could be killed with as few as 40 votes if Senate Republicans decide to mount a filibuster. The PIPA legislation is still slated for a vote on January 24.
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