"After consultation with industry groups across the country, I feel we should remove Domain Name System blocking from the Stop Online Piracy Act so that the [House Judiciary] Committee can further examine the issues surrounding this provision," Smith said in a statement. "We will continue to look for ways to ensure that foreign websites cannot sell and distribute illegal content to US consumers."
Shortly after this happened, congressman Darrell Issa said that SOPA would not see a vote until there was more "consensus" on its contents.
"Although SOPA, despite the removal of this provision, is still a fundamentally flawed bill, I have decided that postponing the scheduled hearing on DNS blocking with technical experts is the best course of action at this time," Issa said.
"I am confident that flawed legislation will not be taken up by this House. Majority leader [Eric] Cantor has assured me that we will continue to work to address outstanding concerns and work to build consensus prior to any anti-piracy legislation coming before the House for a vote," Issa added.
The Obama administration's statement on Friday was in response to petitions about SOPA, the Senate's PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) and the Online Protection and Digital Enforcement Act (OPEN). The White House said it backed the creation of new copyright-protection laws, but would not support legislation that "reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet".