|00:00:00||I UNDERSTAND THAT CLOTURE HAS BEEN FILED ON THE MOTION TO PROCEED TO THE PIP PA LEGISLATION.|
|00:00:08||AS ONE OF THE BIPARTISAN GROUP OF SENATORS WHO STRONGLY OBJECTS TO PROCEEDING TO THIS BILL, I BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT TO BEGIN TO OUTLINE THE VERY REAL DANGERS THAT ARE POSED BY THIS BILL.|
|00:00:22||NOW, THE PRIMARY ARCHITECTS OF THE INTERNET AND OUR LEADING CYBERSECURITY EXPERTS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS LEGISLATION WILL UNDERMINE THE KEY TECHNOLOGIES THAT PREVENT FRAUD AND PROTECT CONSUMERS ON THE INTERNET.|
|00:00:39||OUR NATION'S LEADING FIRST AMENDMENT SCHOLARS HAVE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THIS BILL POSES A SERIOUS THREAT TO SPEECH AND CIVIL LIBERTIES FOR ALL WHO USE THE INTERNET, AND OUR NATION'S LEADING TECHNOLOGY EMPLOYERS WARN THAT THIS BILL PRESENTS A CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER TO INTERKNOWVATION AND JOB GROWTH IN AN AREA THAT IS GOING TO BE A MAJOR SOURCE OF NEW JOBS FOR THIS CENTURY.|
|00:01:13||TODAY, ALONG WITH SENATORS MORAN OF KANSAS AND SENATOR CANTWELL OF WASHINGTON, I HAVE INTRODUCED THE "OPEN" ACT.|
|00:01:23||WE BELIEVE THAT THIS IS A REASONABLE AND BIPARTISAN ALTERNATIVE TO THE PIPA BILL AND TO THE LEGISLATION THAT IS BEFORE THE OTHER BODY, AND WE HOPE THAT THE SENATE WILL TAKE THE TIME TO CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES BEFORE TAKING ACTION THAT COULD DEAL AN ENORMOUS BODY BLOW TO A VITAL JOB ENGINE FOR OUR ECONOMY.|
|00:01:48||OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS, MADAM PRESIDENT, MORE THAN A MILLION AMERICANS HAVE WEIGHED IN STRONGLY IN OPPOSITION TO THIS LEGISLATION.|
|00:02:00||THEREFORE, I WILL BE WORKING WITH COLLEAGUES ON BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE OVER THE NEXT MONTH TO EXPLAIN THE BASIS FOR THIS WIDESPREAD CONCERN, AND I INTEND, MADAM PRESIDENT, TO FOLLOW THROUGH ON A COMMITMENT THAT I MADE MORE THAN A YEAR AGO TO FILIBUSTER THIS BILL WHEN THE SENATE RETURNS IN JANUARY.|
|00:02:24||MADAM PRESIDENT, I WOULD YIELD THE FLOOR.|
|00:02:28||I WOULD NOTE THE ABSENCE OF A QUORUM.|
|00:02:38||THE PRESIDING OFFICER: THE CLERK WILL CALL THE ROLL.|
Mr. WYDEN. Madam President, I understand cloture has been filed on the motion to proceed to the PIPA legislation. As one of the bipartisan group of Senators who strongly objects to proceeding to this bill, I believe it is important to begin to outline the very real dangers that are posed by the bill.
The primary architects of the Internet and our leading cyber security experts have made it clear this legislation will undermine the key technologies that prevent fraud and protect consumers on the Internet.
Our Nation's leading first amendment scholars have made it clear that this bill poses a serious threat to speech and civil liberties for all who use the Internet, and our Nation's leading technology employers warn that this bill presents a clear and present danger to innovation and job growth in an area that is going to be a major source of new jobs for this century.
Today, along with Senator Moran of Kansas and Senator Cantwell of Washington, I have introduced the OPEN Act. We believe this is a reasonable and bipartisan alternative to the PIPA bill and to the legislation that is before the other body, and we hope the Senate will take the time to consider alternatives before taking action that could deal an enormous body blow to a vital job engine for our economy.
Over the past few weeks, more than 1 million Americans have weighed in strongly in opposition to this legislation. Therefore, I will be working with colleagues on both sides of the aisle over the next month to explain the basis for this widespread concern, and I intend to follow through on a commitment that I made more than 1 year ago to filibuster this bill when the Senate returns in January.
Mr. President, I yield the floor and suggest the absence of a quorum.