On Friday of last week, a scheduled full vote in the House of Representatives on the controversial (and unconstitutional) Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) was halted so that the house Judiciary Committee could continue to examine technical issues opponents say would result in a far less secure Internet. At the time it appeared likely that the committee would not return to the discussion until the 2012 session of congress, however hopes for a lengthy delay were seemingly dashed the next day when it was announced that the SOPA hearing would resume on Wednesday, December 21.
Fortunately, the battle over President Obama's proposed payroll tax holiday extension has had the unexpected benefit of delaying the SOPA discussion for a bit longer. Congressional leaders, irked by an inability to come to reach a deal on the tax proposal opted to go into recess at the end of today's session, rather than tomorrow evening, as originally planned. Therefore, as House Judiciary Committee spokeswoman Kim Smith confirmed in an email statement, the scheduled SOPA hearing has been delayed again. "At this point," Smith said in the statement, "we expect that to be early next year."
No official date has been set for the resumption of the SOPA debate. Further information about the Committee's plans for SOPA can be found at the official House Judiciary Committee website.