New “Disinformation” Board LAUNCHED – Free Speech At Risk?
(ConservativeHub.com) – Recently, the federal government announced it would form a Disinformation Governance Board to help combat misinformation. After much backlash, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a fact sheet on its new program, justifying it as a way to maximize public safety and national security. However, it continues to fall under intense scrutiny from some officials.
On Monday, May 2, Senator Bill Hagerty (R-TN) wrote a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, warning him the new Disinformation Governance Board may be against the law. The Tennessee Senator believes it could violate the Antideficiency Act, which states the president cannot spend money unless authorized by Congress.
The New York Post shared more about this latest development:
Disinformation board may be illegal and require vote of Congress, senator tells DHS https://t.co/nXSFJ1BJfe pic.twitter.com/e0lb6WuKHs
— New York Post (@nypost) May 2, 2022
While some lawmakers are concerned the board infringes on Americans’ First Amendment rights, the White House argues it will simply continue nonpartisan work that has already been happening for years.
Joining in the fight against this potential government overreach, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced a bill to the Senate to prohibit the use of federal funds for the new board. With all of this clear opposition, politicians could find a way to minimize any threats this new board could impose upon free speech nationally.
Do you think the new board has the potential for positive influence, or do you think it will ultimately pose threats to the country’s free speech?
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