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Schumer: Media Shield Law Has Senate Votes For ‘Covered Journalist’ Protection

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At a Democratic leaders press conference on Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that House Republicans are too “afraid of the Tea Party” to pass immigration reform, adding that the reality is that the Tea Party’s power has already “peaked.”  (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

At a Democratic leaders press conference on Thursday, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that House Republicans are too “afraid of the Tea Party” to pass immigration reform, adding that the reality is that the Tea Party’s power has already “peaked.” (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Democrat says there are enough votes in the Senate to pass a bill to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal confidential sources.

Sen. Chuck Schumer says the bill has support from all Senate Democrats and independents plus five Republicans — enough to overcome any delaying tactics. He says it also has White House support.

The protections would apply to a “covered journalist,” defined as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information.

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bill last September.

Schumer spoke Friday at The New York Times’ Sources and Secrets Conference on the press, government and national security.

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