Timeline: Sen. Cornyn and PIPA
A list of statements and legislative actions made by Sen. Cornyn relating to PIPA.
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Jan 18, 2012
Statement opposing current form of PIPA
“Texans have soundly rejected the ‘pass now, learn later’ approach that we saw with Obamacare, and the potential impact of this legislation is too far-reaching to ram it through Congress in such an abrupt way. Stealing content is theft, plain and simple, but concerns about the internet and free speech necessitate a more thoughtful, deliberative process.”
Jan 13, 2012
Co-signed letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid urging a delay in cloture vote.
"Since the mark-up, we have increasingly heard from a large number of constituents and other stakeholders with vocal about possible unintended consequences of the proposed legislation, including breaches in cybersecurity, damaging the integrity of the Internet, costly and burdensome litigation, and dilution of First Amendment rights. Moreover, in light of potential cybersecurity implications, we believe hearing from the Administration and relevant agencies is imperative. As always, our current fiscal crisis demands we carefully consider legislation that would cost taxpayers up to $43 million according to the Congressional Budget Office. These are serious issues that must be considered in an deliberative and responsible manner. This underscores the need to resolve as many outstanding concerns as possible prior to proceeding to floor consideration."
May 26, 2011
Votes to move PIPA out of committee
Part of unanimous vote of approval by Senate Judiciary committee to move PIPA forward.
May 12, 2011
Co-sponsors the S.978 Commercial Felony Streaming Act
S.978 proposes to make illegal streaming of copyrighted material a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
Nov 18, 2010
Votes to move COICA out of committee
The Senate Judiciary committee voted unanimously to move COICA forward.
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