By Brendan Sasso - 12/20/11 07:51 PM EST
But consumer groups and major Web companies, including Google, Yahoo and Facebook, warn that SOPA could stifle innovation and infringe upon free speech.
Opponents of the bill offered dozens of amendments to it last week, forcing the markup to drag on for two days.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas), SOPA’s sponsor, and his allies on the committee voted down the amendments, accusing the bill’s opponents of using stalling tactics and misrepresenting the legislation.
The committee is expected to approve the bill when it finally comes up for a vote.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has moved to bring the Senate’s version of the bill, the Protect IP Act, to a vote in January.