Another day, another Van Hollen-Schumer delay.
The duo first told reporters that they would release their legislation to water-down free speech rights after the Presidents’ Day recess. Then later. Then, recently, they said they would release the bill today with a “mystery” Republican co-sponsor.
After failing to secure any Republican support in the Senate, media outlets are reporting today that the introduction of the bill will be delayed yet again. Democrats, who blamed an abbreviated legislative week on the delay, now plan an introduction early next week.
The Huffington Post reports that “[t]he real obstacle, however, remains the cold feet of Senate Republicans. While Van Hollen was able to secure the backing of Rep. Mike Castle (R-DE) for his bill — other potential Republican co-sponsors are being targeted too — Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been rebuffed so far by his GOP colleagues. Scott Brown (R-Mass), turned down overtures last week, though Senate aides say the Massachusetts Republican could still vote for the bill when it comes to the floor. As it stands now, Schumer is targeting the usual suspects for bipartisan support: the moderates of Maine and George Voinovich of Ohio. ‘We cannot be labeled as trying to be partisan here,’ one senior aide said.”