Conservatives mull government shutdown to scrap Biden’s ‘misinformation’ committee DHS
House Republicans are seeking to defund the Biden administration’s controversial Disinformation Governance Council, and conservative members are eager to threaten to shut it down if necessary.
House GOP Republicans, including the offices of Firebrand Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), told the Washington Examiner that Republicans would support using the government’s annual spending bill as a way to cut funding for the Department of Homeland Security’s new disinformation council, which the GOP sees as a vessel for censor conservative discourse.
Some Republicans have even said they would shut down the government if Democrats resisted.
“We should use the power of the wallet to stop this disinformation madness that the Biden administration is doing,” Republican Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) said at the Washington Examiner.
“But we should also use that leverage for other things, like securing the border, because Democrats need us for certain things like keeping government open, and we should use that leverage to get what we want.” , said Bishop.
Bishop said congressional Republicans should be “much more aggressive” in using negotiations over the government’s spending package to achieve their policy goals, such as eliminating the disinformation committee, and encouraged fellow Republicans to shut down the government if necessary.
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Homeland Security announced creation of the council last week to coordinate federal government activities related to countering disinformation, with an immediate focus on foreign threats like unauthorized migration in the United States and Russia-Ukraine crisis.
The board will be led by Nina Jankowicz, a former disinformation researcher at the Wilson Center and adviser to the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, who has a the story controversial and misleading statements.
The design of disinformation has become a controversial and polarizing topic. Liberals say that disinformation, that is false information spread deliberately and covertly, is a threat to democracy. Conservatives, however, increasingly say the threat of misinformation is being misused as a cover to censor them.
Republicans fear the board could be used to restrict free speech and are prepared to take aggressive steps to shut it down.
“We are prepared to remove funding from this council in any way necessary, including appropriations and the government funding process, because this council is tyrannical,” said Ben Stout, director of communications at Boebert. “We’re ready to go to mattresses on this.”
Boebert earlier this week introduced a bill, the Freedom of Expression Protection Actto terminate the disinformation committee and to prohibit the use of federal funds to carry out the activities of any other substantially similar entity.
The legislation quickly garnered the support of more than 60 House GOP members, including nearly every House Republican leader, including Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), Conference Speaker Elise Stefanik (R -NY) and Judiciary Committee filing member Jim Jordan. (R-OH).
Despite strong GOP support, the measure is unlikely to pass, given the Democratic majority in Congress.
That’s why some Republicans are willing to use the federal government’s funding process to eliminate funding for the disinformation committee instead.
“To avoid a government shutdown, Democrats will have to allow this misinformation committee to have its wings clipped,” a senior Republican House official said. Washington Examiner.
“Democrats won’t want to be known for shutting down government because of a controversial and politically unpopular disinformation committee with the midterm elections just around the corner. Republicans will have a field day to relentlessly attack them on this,” the aide added.
Republicans are also concerned about a February bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security indicating that the federal government plans to work with public and private sector partners, including large tech companies, to reduce the “proliferation of false or misleading narratives.” , which sow discord or undermine public opinion”. confidence in American government institutions.”
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homeland security defines misinformation as information “deliberately created to mislead, harm or manipulate any person, social group, organization or country”, while misinformation is “false, but not created or shared with the intent to cause harm” .