WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two weeks ago, an unexpected introduction of an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) to the long-negotiated Journalism Competition and Preservation Act won over not only bill co-sponsor John Kennedy (R-La.) but a majority of those who sit on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The amendment, which Cruz said was “simple,” led the original bill sponsor, Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), to withdraw the legislation. This led Klobuchar and the bill’s supporters to regroup, and as of Sept. 15 she said “good thoughts and good ideas and plan to bring a bill to you for this Committee to vote on next week.”
That transpired this morning. And, with just the right tweaks, S.673 passed and is heading to a full floor vote in the upper body of Congress.