May 3, 2022

Young, Colleagues Introduce Legislation to Defund “Disinformation Board”

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Todd Young (R-Ind.), Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and a group of senators introduced legislation to bar federal funds from being used to establish a Disinformation Governance Board at the Department of Homeland Security.


“The idea that a ‘disinformation board’ of unelected government bureaucrats should enforce speech rules is both radical and unconstitutional. Hoosiers shouldn’t have to answer to a government bureaucracy when exercising their First Amendment right to free speech. This board should be shut down immediately,” said Senator Young.


“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,” said Senator Cotton.


In addition to Young and Cotton, Senators John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rick Scott (R-Florida), 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), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), and Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) joined the bill as cosponsors.


Text of the legislation can be found here.