Why a Little-Known 1996 Law Protecting the Flow of Internet Speech Got Caught Up in End-of-2020 Politics

This column expresses the views of Tony Mauro, special correspondent for the Freedom Forum. During the tumultuous tussle between Congress and President Donald J. Trump in recent weeks over stimulus payments and defense spending, a once-little-known and irrelevant piece of legislation dating back to 1996 kept popping up as a potential deal-breaker.