One Senate Republican is looking to, once and for all, put an end to the Biden administration’s newly-created Disinformation Governance Board.
Breitbart News reports that Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) has introduced a piece of legislation that would essentially do just this: dissolve the board.
In case you happened to miss it, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week announced the creation of a so-called Disinformation Governance Board.
The ostensible purpose of the board, at least according to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, is to combat both disinformation and misinformation. Mayorkas, though, still has not clarified what these words actually mean.
Critics of the Biden administration have suggested that the real purpose of the board is to silence conservatives. They have thus dubbed the board Biden’s “Ministry of Truth,” referencing George Orwell’s dystopian Novel 1984.
These critics have pointed to the fact that the Biden administration announced the creation of the board shortly after Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter. Musk plans to return the social media site to a free speech zone meaning that the Biden administration will no longer be able to rely on Twitter censorship to control the political narrative.
Mayorkas and the White House continue to dismiss this whole idea. They maintain that the board is simply there to combat real mis- and disinformation that is a threat to homeland security. They say that the purpose of the board is not to undermine the First Amendment.
The Republican Senator from Missouri has titled his legislation the “Dissolving the Disinformation Governance Board Act.” Not only would it dissolve the board, but it would also prevent another one from ever being created in the future.
Hawley, in conjunction with the legislation, released a statement in which he called the board “unconstitutional.”
“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.”
Hawley added, “the American people need a full accounting of who signed off on this board and who approved such a radical, anti-free speech activist to lead it.”
At this point, it is unclear how much support Hawley has for the bill. One would expect, at the least, just about all congressional Republicans to sign on.