Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) killed the patent reform bill on Wednesday morning.

Center for American Progress

On Wednesday morning, tech sector lobbyists thought they were in the final stages of pushing through a hard-fought compromise on patent reform. “Tuesday night it was moving forward, Wednesday morning it was moving forward,” said Julie Samuels, director of Engine, a group that lobbies for startups. “Then I looked at Twitter and there was a tweet saying it was dead. What the hell?”
Samuels’ story was a typical one for Wednesday, as those lobbying both for the bill, and most of those against it, were taken completely by surprise when Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) made an out-of-nowhere statement to the press saying that the bill was being dropped from his agenda, making it essentially dead for the year. While the announcement came from Leahy, sources close to the negotiations all pointed to Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as the one who really killed the bill.
“I feel like a mouse who never knew he was a mouse,” said one tech sector lobbyist close to the negotiations, who spoke to Ars anonymously because he expects to be haggling over the same issues in the future. “They were just waiting to hit that Harry Reid button.”
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