10/31/2011 14:07 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Today, the Net Coalition, Consumer Electronics Association, and Computer and Communications Industry Association sent a letter to the House of Representatives opposing the Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R.3261). These groups are so focused on defeating this bill that their letter avoids mentioning an important impact of this bill: preserving the livelihoods of millions of American workers.
There is broad agreement about the top issue facing our country: turning our economy around by keeping and creating good-paying jobs. Members of both political parties will never agree on every measure that will help our economy but they do concur that there needs to be action now. So it may come as a surprise that there is a bill that will preserve jobs and has bipartisan support. The Stop Online Piracy Act (H.R. 3261) in the House and the PROTECT IP Act (S.968) in the Senate are supported by both Democrats and Republicans. They will help protect the livelihoods of the 2.2 million American workers from all 50 states, from accountants to truck drivers to florists to make-up artists whose jobs depend on the film and television industry.
So the next time these groups bring up their opposition to the bill, they might want to discuss jobs unless they want to avoid the most pressing issue of today altogether.