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The Democrat-controlled House on Wednesday night passed H.R. 1, a massive elections reform bill that is about as partisan as it gets.
The vote was 220-210, with every single House Republican voting against the bill.
This bill is so bad that even the Associated Press referred to it as “the largest overhaul of the U.S. election law in at least a generation” and said it has the “potential to shape election outcomes for years to come.”
As horrifying as that is, not many are aware that there’s an amendment in the bill that gives the Department of Justice the power to remove social media posts that claim are “foreign-backed disinformation and propaganda.”
The FADE Act, which was included in the H.R. 1 voting legislation package, was introduced by Democrat Rep. Abigail Spanberger.
It will give the DOJ the ability to essentially monitor social media posts.
“PASSED: The House just passed my legislation to crack down on foreign-backed disinformation and propaganda on social media,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger tweeted. “Americans have a right to know when and how they are being influenced by a foreign source.”
“The Foreign Agent Disclaimer Enhancement, or FADE, Act would attempt to address foreign disinformation by requiring the inclusion of disclaimers on political content on social media in the U.S. if they are funded by a foreign agent, with the disclaimers to remain if the post is shared,” the Hill reported.
“It would also require the Department of Justice (DOJ) to notify and require social media platforms to remove the content if the disclaimer is not included,” the Hill continued.
🚨 PASSED: The House just passed my legislation to crack down on foreign-backed disinformation and propaganda on social media.
Americans have a right to know when and how they are being influenced by a foreign source.
Read more about the FADE Act:https://t.co/LtEvFBUUE4
— Rep. Abigail Spanberger (@RepSpanberger) March 4, 2021
The FADE Act would require that “informational materials for or in the interests of a foreign principal which are transmitted or caused to be transmitted by an agent of a foreign principal” be disclosed by social media sites that with more than 50 million users, the Daily Caller noted.
The issue is not whether or not such social media posts should be removed, but by what authority the U.S. government has to regulate speech.
Democrats have a real problem with the First Amendment and are clearly using dishonest legislation to cram in their left-wing ideas.
Beyond that, things could get tricky going forward.
H.R. 1 will head to the Senate, where Democrats have a slim 50-50 majority with Kamala Harris as the tiebreaker.
Progressives keep pushing to abolish the filibuster since the bill needs 60 votes to advance in the Senate.
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Democrats want to end the filibuster, but they can’t because they can’t afford any defections in their own ranks.
Democrats need all 50 votes — plus 1 from Harris to break the tie — to end the filibuster, which requires 60 votes to pass legislation in the Senate.
But Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Lea Sinema of Arizona have publicly announced they will not support ending the filibuster.
As long as Democrats can’t end the filibuster, radical bills like H.R. 1 will not be able to pass in Congress.