PIPA Co-Sponsor Abandons His Awful Bill (Updated: Four Down!)

Senator Marco Rubio has had a change of conscience. The legislation abomination known as PIPA, birthed in part from Rubio's Floridian law-womb, just officially lost his support. Keep up the pressure, everyone.

Citing "legitimate concerns about the impact the bill could have on access to the Internet and about a potentially unreasonable expansion of the federal government's power to impact the Internet," Rubio says "I have decided to withdraw my support for the Protect IP Act. Furthermore, I encourage Senator Reid to abandon his plan to rush the bill to the floor."

Good for you—we applaud Rubio's backpedalling. Usually we want our representatives to have a staunch backbone. But not when they're wrong.

So how about it, Senator Reid?

Maybe he (and his colleagues) need a little more of a push on Blackout Day. Give them a ring.

Update: Reid is still in, but Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)—another PIPA co-sponsor—has just announced that he's withdrawing his support. Keep 'em coming, people.

Update #2: And another one bites the dust; Senator John Boozman (R-Ar.) will remove his name from the co-sponsors list and has pledged to vote against the bill in its current form. More of this. [Sen. Rubio on Facebook, Thanks, Ryan!]

Update #3 Number four, down the drain: Senator Orrin Hatch has taken to Facebook to relay his own retreat:

After listening to the concerns on both sides of the debate over the PROTECT IP Act, it is simply not ready for prime time and both sides must continue working together to find a better path forward. Despite the concerns about the unintended consequences of this legislation, the Senate remains on a path to consider this bill next week. Rushing something with such potential for far-reaching consequences is something I cannot support and that's why I will not only vote against moving the bill forward next week but also remove my cosponsorship of the bill.

Poof.