WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott applauded the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee’s passage of his bipartisan American Security Drone Act, which will prohibit the U.S. Government from purchasing drones manufactured in countries identified as national security threats, like Iran and Communist China.
The Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee also passed his and Senator Josh Hawley’s No TikTok on Government Devices Act, legislation to ban all federal employees from using TikTok on government devices. Several government agencies, including the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Defense have already banned the use of TikTok on government devices due to cybersecurity concerns and possible spying by the Communist Chinese government. Additionally, the Committee passed Senator Scott and Senator Rob Portman’s Safeguarding American Innovation Act to improve the United States' ability to combat foreign threats to American universities and research.
Senator Rick Scott said, “Communist China is America’s enemy and it has shown again and again that it will stop at nothing to infiltrate our government networks and steal American technology. There’s no reason the U.S. should allow Chinese-backed companies into the most sensitive areas of our government, permitting them to jeopardize our national security and steal our intellectual property. Today, the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee took a critical step to protect American networks and security by passing my American Security Drone Act, No TikTok on Government Devices Act, and Safeguarding American Innovation Act. I look forward to their full passage in the U.S. Senate.”