U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) has introduced a piece of legislation that, if passed, would “defund” President Joe Biden’s recently-created Disinformation Governance Board.
The board’s creation was announced last week by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The purpose of the board, according to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, is to combat “disinformation that creates a threat to the security of the homeland.”
Critics, however, question this purpose arguing, instead, that the real purpose of the board is to silence the left’s political opposition. These critics, accordingly, have been referring to the board as Biden’s “Ministry of Truth.”
Mayorkas, though, recently has claimed that the board will not infringe on free speech rights, and he said that the board will not be monitoring citizens.
On Tuesday, Johnson introduced a bill “to prohibit the use of Federal funds to establish a Disinformation Governance Board.” That title just about sums the bill up.
Johnson, in conjunction with the bill, released a statement explaining the reasoning behind it.
The Biden Administration’s decision to stand up a ‘Ministry of Truth,’ is dystopian in design, almost certainly unconstitutional, and clearly doomed from the start. The government has no role whatsoever in determining what constitutes truth or acceptable speech. President Biden should dissolve this board immediately and entirely. If he won’t then Republicans will.
So far, the bill has been signed by at least 50 House Republicans.
The Senate’s version
Over in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a bill of his own to put an end to the Disinformation Governance Board.
Hawley’s bill is called the “Dissolving the Disinformation Governance Board Act.” It would do three things: it would dissolve the board, it would prevent another one from being created in the future, and it would require Mayorkas to release all communications about the board, including communications about its formation.
“Biden’s so-called Disinformation Board is unconstitutional and must be dissolved immediately,” Hawley said. “This is nothing short of a censorship committee vested with the full powers of the federal government to monitor dissenting speech and opposing viewpoints under the guise of national security.”
It is unclear how much support Hawley has for his bill.