Timeline: Sen. Menendez and PIPA
A list of statements and legislative actions made by Sen. Menendez relating to PIPA.
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Jan 20, 2012
"I heard [constituents] concerns about the PIPA bill loud and clear"
“On Tuesday evening, I reached out to my New Jersey constituents -- through Facebook and Twitter -- to tell them I heard their concerns about the PIPA bill loud and clear. I also said I wouldn’t support a bill that did not maintain the freedom and character of the internet. I communicated their real concerns to our Senate leadership, and because of these concerns, said I would not support or vote for this bill. I’m pleased the Senate has listened to the voices and concerns of our constituents and that there will not be a vote on the PIPA bill. I am confident that we can address the critical issues of internet piracy and counterfeit products -- both of which are hurting our economy -- in a way that doesn’t infringe on civil liberties and protects the free and open access to the internet.”
Jan 20, 2012
Senator Menendez Discusses the Protect IP Act with Steve Scott on WCBS NewsRadio 880
Jan 17, 2012
States that "critical changes" will be made to PIPA
"To New Jersey constituents: I hear your concerns regarding the Protect IP Act (PIPA) loud and clear. I am working to ensure critical changes are made to the bill. Please know I am fully committed to ensuring that any bill that passes the Senate will maintain the freedom of the internet as well as protect intellectual property."
Oct 31, 2011
Nov 15, 2010
Cosponsors Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, S. 3804
COICA contained similar provisions and battle lines as PIPA does. It never reached a full Senate vote and was re-written in 2011 as the PROTECT-IP Act (i.e. PIPA).
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