House Republicans have joined their Senate colleagues in trying to stop President Joe Biden from establishing a government panel to fight “misinformation.”
House Minority Leader Kevin Mccarthy announced Tuesday that a GOP bill had been filed to kill off the Disinformation Governance Board inside the Department of Homeland Security. Nina Jancowicz, the person named to head the board, has herself been accused of spreading disinformation by rejecting the Hunter Biden laptop story, and other conservative claims.
“House Republicans just introduced legislation to terminate President Biden’s Ministry of Truth. It is an egregious abuse of government overreach. This is nothing more than a ploy by the Biden administration to exert influence over your free speech,” McCarthy said.
“The Biden administration’s ‘Ministry of Truth’ must be immediately dismantled,” he added on Twitter. “House Republicans demand an up-or-down vote to terminate it today. Democrats have a choice: Protect free speech or side with President Biden’s efforts to curtail Americans’ First Amendment rights.”
McCarthy did not explain specifics of the proposal.
But it comes about a week after 19 Republican senators, led by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton and including Florida Sens. Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, introduced a bill to strip funding for the disinfo board.
As The Free Press reported, Cotton called the panel “Orwellian,” as well as “unconstitutional and un-American.”
Rubio added that the idea was “dangerously authoritarian,” and opened the door “for federal censorship and the end of the First Amendment.”
Scott noted that Biden was creating the “thought police,” and was advocating “something straight out of [George] Orwell’s 1984.”