Louisiana Republicans oppose online piracy bill


"It's a real mistake to press forward with a flawed bill now. It will only endanger ever properly dealing with the very real problem of internet piracy."

Both bills are still very much alive in their respective chambers, with a markup of SOPA in the House Judiciary Committee scheduled for next month. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom line Bottom line Senate roadblocks threaten to box in Biden MORE (D-Nev.) plans to call for cloture on PIPA on Tuesday afternoon.

“I realize some people are nervous because of misinformation about this bill, but I am confident that ultimately the facts will overcome fears," House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Wednesday in response to reports of members dropping their support of SOPA.

"Contrary to critics’ claims, SOPA does not censor the Internet. It only targets activity that is already illegal, and only targets foreign websites that steal and sell America’s technology, inventions and products. And it is similar to laws that already govern websites based in the U.S."

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) also declared his opposition to SOPA and PIPA on Wednesday evening, calling them flawed bills that he can't support in their current form.