Sen. Grassley pulls support for piracy bill

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Grassley is just the latest in a string of Republican Senators to reverse their previous support for PIPA on Wednesday including Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioLessons from the front line — Florida's fight with sea level rise SNAP, airlines among final hurdles to coronavirus stimulus deal Senior State Department official headed to Peru to bring home stranded Americans, Rubio says MORE (R-Fla.), Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntHillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Senate Democrats vow to keep pushing for more funds for mail-in voting Lawmakers brace for more coronavirus legislation after trillion bill MORE (R-Mo.), John BoozmanJohn Nichols BoozmanOn The Money: Stocks have worst week in a decade on coronavirus fears | Fed chief hints at rate cut | Trump pushes central bank for action | Kudlow advises investors to 'think about buying the dip' Republicans growing nervous about 2020 economy Overnight Defense: Pentagon policy chief resigns at Trump's request | Trump wishes official 'well in his future endeavors' | Armed Services chair warns against Africa drawdown after trip MORE (R-Ark.) and Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchBottom line Bottom line Trump administration backs Oracle in Supreme Court battle against Google MORE (R-Utah). Their reversals came in the wake of massive online protests against the legislation.

Grassley's statement indicates he is open to changes to address concerns the bill would lead to censorship and stifle innovation online. His office clarified that he is not withdrawing his formal sponsorship of the bill, which is heavily supported by the entertainment industry, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and organized labor.

Brendan Sasso contributed reporting to this article.