H.R. 2271 (111th): Global Online Freedom Act of 2009


May 6, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on May 6, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Christopher “Chris” Smith

Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district



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Last Updated: May 6, 2009
Length: 35 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To prevent United States businesses from cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance, to fulfill the responsibility of the United States Government to promote freedom of expression on the Internet, to restore public confidence in the integrity of United States businesses, and for other purposes.

Summary (CRS)

5/6/2009--Introduced.Global Online Freedom Act of 2009 - Makes it U.S. policy to: (1) promote the freedom to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media; (2) use all ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


May 6, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 2271”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


10 cosponsors (7R, 3D) (show)
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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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H.R. 275 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Oct 23, 2007

H.R. 3605 (112th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Mar 27, 2012

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