Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky has announced that he is done with the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act.
Paul is withdrawing support from the bill that would create a media cartel to negotiate with big tech.
"Paul was an original cosponsor of the JCPA; however, he told the Bowling Green Daily News that he opted out of the bill and introduced his own legislation, the Local News and Broadcast Media Preservation Act, as a replacement bill," according to Breitbart.
Rand Paul is DONE
Paul's decision came ahead of last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill, because the JCPA "mandates government arbitration and government involvement in the solution."
While I’m for newspapers and broadcasters being allowed to bargain collectively, I’m not for the government enforcing a final arbitrated solution. It may sound like a technicality, but it’s a pretty important part of this and so I’m going to keep working with the authors to see if they will come around to my way of thinking if they want my support.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said the delay in the bill was a "huge victory" for free speech.
"What happened today was a huge victory for the First Amendment and free speech. Sadly, it is also a case study in how much the Democrats love censorship," Cruz said. "They would rather pull their bill entirely than advance it with my proposed protections for Americans from unfair online censorship."
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