Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) announced on the Senate floor that floor time will be given in July for consideration of S. 2035, "The Free Flow of Information Act." The Act is a federal shield law drafted to protect confidential sources. Journalists and press freedom groups feel that action on this important legislation is long overdue, and that protection of the public's right to know is not just a Republican or a Democratic issue. The Act has strong bipartisan support. Last October, the House of Representatives passed a similar bill (H.R. 2102) by an overwhelming vote of 398 to 21. At around the same time, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed S. 2035 by a vote of 15-4. The Senate bill has been endorsed by both of the presumptive presidential nominees, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama.