Sens. Rick Scott, Tom Cotton Introduce Legislation to Defund Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board”

May 3, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Rick Scott joined Senator Tom Cotton and colleagues to introduce legislation to bar federal funds from being used to establish a Disinformation Governance Board at the Department of Homeland Security.


Senator Rick Scott said, “Joe Biden is using DHS to create thought police and it should scare the living daylights out of every American. The president claims to care about fighting disinformation, but he and his administration have repeatedly lied to the American people and even called on social media companies to censor and silence American voices. We need to be very clear: this isn’t about a commitment to the truth or keeping families safe. This is Joe Biden and the Democrats using the federal government to police speech. Biden’s thought police is something straight out of Orwell’s 1984 and I will do everything in my power to destroy this attack on free speech. I urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important bill.”


Senator Tom Cotton said, “The Biden administration wants a government agency dedicated to cracking down on what its subjects can say, an idea popular with Orwellian governments everywhere. This board is unconstitutional and un-American—my bill puts a stop to it.”


Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Mississippi), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), John Kennedy (R-Louisiana), Todd Young (R-Indiana), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), and Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) joined the bill as cosponsors.


The text of the legislation may be found here.