(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Lauren Boebert (R.-Colo.) has introduced legislation that would terminate the Department of Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Governance Board” and prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from creating any new entity that is “substantially similar” to that board.
“I’m calling on Congress to pass my Protecting Free Speech Act, terminate this Orwellian Ministry of Truth,” said Boebert.”
The bill currently has 73 co-sponsors.
In testimony before Congress last month, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed that his department had created a “Disinformation Governance Board” to monitor speech.
In the House Homeland Security Committee on April 27, Rep. Jim Langevin (D.-R.I.) asked Mayorkas: “Can you tell us what the Department’s doing to shore up election security from Russian cyber interference, give confidence to the committee and the American people that we’ve got this and we are ready to protect and defend our electoral process?”
“We have just established a mis- and disinformation governance board in the Department of Homeland Security to more effectively combat this threat not only to election security but to our homeland security,” Mayorkas said in part of his response.
The next day, he was questioned about this “disinformation governance board” when he testified in the House Judiciary Committee.
“We are seeing a rise in misinformation and disinformation that is attempting to strike at the integrity of the election system and people’s right to vote,” Mayorkas declared.
“The disinformation board addresses disinformation that imperils the safety and security of our homeland,” Mayorkas said. And on of the primary areas that we are focused on is the dissemination of disinformation and its potential connectivity…and it’s connectivity to violence.”
On May 3, Rep. Boebert introduced the Protecting Free Speech Act. It is simple and straightforward: It would disband the Disinformation Governance Board and prohibit federal funds from being used to create a similar board in the future.
“The Disinformation Governance Board of the Department of Homeand Security is hereby terminated,” it says.
“No federal funds authorized or appropriated or otherwise made available to the Department of Homeland Security may be made available to establish any other entity that is substantially similar to the Disinformation Governance Board,” it says.
“So, now, because the Biden regime is afraid of Elon Musk and free speech, they want to use Americans’ tax dollars to fund this new board to continue to silence conservatives,” Boebert said in a press conference about her bill on May 11.
“Look, I wouldn’t trust Biden and his incompetent misfits to take care of one of my goats, and I certainly don’t trust them to be the arbiters of truth,” she said.
“You know who I trust? I trust the American people,” she said. “They are more than capable of looking at claims, researching facts, making informed decisions. Americans don’t need Big Tech fact-checkers or this partisan board silencing free speech like Communist China does.
Here is the full text of Boebert’s statement at the May 11 press conference:
Rep. Lauren Boebert: “I’m honored to join my colleagues in this important effort to terminate Biden’s Disinformation Governance Board or more accurately known as the Department of Propaganda. I appreciate Leader McCarthy and the House Leadership for standing shoulder to shoulder with us in the effort to preserve free speech. And with that, I would like to turn things over to Leader McCarthy. He has a lunch that he has to get to, so we are going to let him kick things off. …
…Thank you very much Mr. Leader. Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake, free speech is under attack here in America.
“The Biden regime continuously uses different methods to try and silence dissenting voices. All in a coordinated effort to keep power, silence the truth, and prevent people who disagree with them from having a voice.
“We know that the White House colluded with Big Tech to censor the American people.
“We know that the Department of Justice tried to silence moms and dads by calling them domestic terrorists, just for having a say in their children’s education and attending school board meetings.
“And we know that conservative journalists have been targeted by federal agencies for simply reporting the truth. This cannot continue.
“We’re here today to advocate for my bill, the Protecting Free Speech Act, which will terminate the new DHS Disinformation Governance Board.
“Now, the DHS, this is a militant arm of the government. They have enforcement mechanisms for their Disinformation Governance Board.
“We want to ensure that no tax dollars are used for any similar government overreach.
“Misinformation has become a rally cry for the Left to discredit facts that are inconvenient to their liberal agenda. The Russia collusion hoax, Hunter Biden’s laptop, and the COVID lab-leak theory were all labeled ‘misinformation’ by Big Tech until the truth finally prevailed.
“Meanwhile, the Biden regime has been able to put out ridiculous statements that we all know to be lies. This includes false claims like our southern border is secure. No, in fact, there is a complete invasion at our Southern Border. More than two million illegal aliens coming into our country, some 700,000 got-a-ways coming into our country, our children dying from the fentanyl that is illegally coming into our country.
“False claims also that Republicans wanted to defund the police and that Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service estimated would cost $3 trillion over 10 years, somehow costs the American taxpayers $0.
“You can’t really make this stuff up.
“So, now, because the Biden regime is afraid of Elon Musk and free speech, they want to use Americans’ tax dollars to fund this new board to continue to silence conservatives. Look, I wouldn’t trust Biden and his incompetent misfits to take care of one of my goats, and I certainly don’t trust them to be the arbiters of truth.
“You know who I trust? I trust the American people. They are more than capable of looking at claims, researching facts, making informed decisions. Americans don’t need Big Tech fact-checkers or this partisan board silencing free speech like Communist China does.
“I’m calling on Congress to pass my Protecting Free Speech Act, terminate this Orwellian Ministry of Truth, fire Nina Jankowicz, and prevent the Biden Regime from silencing the American people.”
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