The Senate has voted to kill a Republican proposal to stop the federal government from blocking online content, including video game consoles, social media accounts and other copyrighted content.
The resolution approved Tuesday by the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation committee would block the move.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Sens.
Claire McCaskill, D, Mo., and Mark Warner, D — who voted against the motion — said the measure would hurt Americans by blocking access to a broad array of content that they view on the Internet.
“The Senate should be working to protect American jobs and families and not making sure the federal bureaucracy is able to censor the Internet for people who want to use it without paying for it,” Wyden said in a statement.
Wyden’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Senators were unable to reach Sen. Chris Coons, D‑Del., chairman of the Commerce, Space and Technology committee, to discuss the measure.
The motion is expected to be considered by the full Senate on Thursday.
The Senate Commerce, Justice and Science committees, which were also in session at the time of the vote, were expected to approve the resolution.
The move was opposed by major online video game companies, including Electronic Arts Inc., Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. The measure would have stopped the Justice Department from taking action against websites that violate copyright law.
The issue has gained significant traction as Congress grapples with the ongoing crisis over cyber attacks that have crippled major companies like Sony Corp., Netflix and Microsoft Corp. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to reverse the Obama administration’s decision to shut off access to the internet.