Here’s How Republicans Can Stop Biden’s Dystopic ‘Disinformation Board’

Many Americans are rightfully concerned about Joe Biden’s establishment of a “Disinformation Governance Board,” sometimes referred to as the “ministry of truth.”

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It’s become more apparent than ever that the founding American principle of the right to free speech will evaporate if liberals get their way. The government wants to decide what’s true and what’s false, and punish disseminators.

Republicans can stop Biden’s “disinformation board” if they take matters into their own hands and take action in Congress. Biden’s White House does not operate without any checks and balances. The legislative branch can effectively shut down Biden’s absurd speech board.

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More specifically, Congress can eliminate funding if money isn’t authorized for agencies to use it. This can prevent the Disinformation Governance Board from carrying out its directives or initiating its program.

According to reports, House Republicans are already drafting legislation to defund the disinformation board.

The purpose of the board, created just days after Tesla CEO Elon Musk purchased Twitter, is to “combat disinformation in the 2022 midterms.” Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the purpose of the new organization is “to combat online disinformation” and will be led by Undersecretary for Policy Rob Silvers co-chair with principal deputy general counsel Jennifer Gaskill.

Nina Jankowicz, who is also in charge of this board, has been widely accused of being a biased and “woke” left-wing activist who is against free speech. She spent months falsely arguing that the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop was Russian disinformation. She also spread misleading claims about the Christopher Steele dossier.

Jankowicz openly admitted to NPR that she “shudders to think about” Musk’s Twitter takeover and more free speech on social media platforms. Musk promises to make the Twitter algorithm open source to increase trust.

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Senators, however, have far more options. Regardless of which party is in the majority, each senator has the power to make the body vote on any proposal of his choosing.

Senators can circumvent the committee process under the Senate’s Rule 14, and place legislation directly onto the Senate’s calendar, where they can then move to proceed to it. Provided there is no other business pending, that motion — known as a motion to proceed — automatically is made pending before the Senate, and requires the Senate to vote. Unless cloture is filed, the vote is considered at a 51-vote threshold.

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In other words, Republican senators have an option their House colleagues do not. They can force every senator to be on record regarding the Biden administration’s effort to police speech from the Department of Homeland Security.

Creating a public record on such a controversial issue is important in and of itself, but it should also form the basis for both Senate and House Republicans to demand that the effort be defunded as part of the forthcoming omnibus spending legislation, which must be passed in the fall (unless it is replaced by a straight extension of funding known as a continuing resolution).

These must-pass spending bills represent significant points of leverage, particularly for Senate Republicans, whose votes are required for passage. In the split Senate where spending bills require 60 votes, 10 GOP votes are required.

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That these leverage points exist, however, doesn’t always mean they’re used. Earlier this year Democrats passed a $1.5 trillion omnibus spending package with GOP votes, but with very few GOP wins beyond preserving a handful of policies that never appeared to be under serious threat.

But appropriators — the legislators tasked with drafting spending legislation — have already begun to meet to discuss the outlines of what the next package will look like. Now is the time for the GOP to make their redlines clear: from the border, to vaccine mandates, to defunding Biden’s speech police, Republicans need to draw their lines now and refuse to provide votes for any funding legislation that includes these provisions.

There is a material difference between hot rhetoric and actual engagement in the policy process. Every Republican rightly denouncing Biden’s speech police needs to back up that opposition by using the tools available to him — in the Senate, that means showing the public where Democrats, in particular, stand on the issue by forcing a vote, or several. Among Republicans in the House and Senate, it also means staring down the funding process and refusing to move until funding for this speech board, and the disinformation agent who will run it, is removed.