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It’s among the most pop­u­lar bills in Con­gress, but it’s still stuck in com­mit­tee.

More than 300 House mem­bers—a ma­jor­ity of the body—have signed on as co­spon­sors to the Email Pri­vacy Act, which would re­quire po­lice to ob­tain a war­rant be­fore ac­cess­ing emails, Face­book mes­sages, and oth­er private on­line con­tent. It has vo­cal sup­port from con­ser­vat­ives such as Reps. Kev­in Yo­der and Ted Poe, as well as lib­er­als such as Reps. Jared Pol­is and Sheila Jack­son Lee. Get­ting it passed is one of the top policy pri­or­it­ies for In­ter­net gi­ants such as Google and Ya­hoo, and it’s even en­dorsed by an­ti­tax cru­sader Grover Nor­quist.

But after more than three years of de­bate, the bill still hasn’t made it to the House floor for a vote. And on Tues­day, a hear­ing of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee made it clear why: The pan­el’s chair­man, Rep. Bob Good­latte, isn’t back­ing the bill yet, and his com­mit­tee perch gives him enough power to keep it from go­ing through.

Good­latte said Tues­day he sup­ports the “core” of the Email Pri­vacy Act, but he also de­man­ded changes to en­sure the bill doesn’t hamper law en­force­ment. A Good­latte aide said the hear­ing “high­lighted some is­sues that need to be ad­dressed” and de­clined to say when the bill might ad­vance to a vote in the com­mit­tee.

Good­latte’s res­ist­ance is prov­ing to be a ma­jor stum­bling block, even though the bill already has more co­spon­sors than it would need votes to pass.

Un­der the Elec­tron­ic Com­mu­nic­a­tions Pri­vacy Act, the…

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