REPUBLICANS did this?
Not so fast. This was obviously written by a partisan hack from the democrat side. How do I know?
1. Republicans do not yet control the senate. Despite having a good election and winning the majority of seats in the senate, they will not be seated until JANUARY 2015. We are in a lame duck congress, meaning the only thing that has changed from before the election is some senators know they are going home soon. The names have not yet changed on the office doors. Democrats are still in control.
2. This bill passed the Republican controlled house, meaning it had to receive at least SOME Republican support.
3. A number of Republican Senators voted for cloture on the bill which required 60 votes. This means there where democrats that DID NOT vote for cloture.
So, Why would Slashdot engage in something so obviously partisan and blame Republicans? Shame on you. This bill's fate was decided by both sides, not just one.