EXCLUSIVE — House Republicans are beginning to wage a budget battle to choke off funding to federal agencies for “disinformation” initiatives in the United States they say have led to conservatives being “censored.”
The Biden administration has come under intensified scrutiny from Republicans over reports that agencies, including the State Department, have been linked to left-leaning efforts to throttle conservative news outlets and voices on social media. But through the appropriations process, House Republicans are exploring multiple avenues to establish budget mandates that could starve the government’s ability to target domestic speech online, a handful of lawmakers and sources familiar with the conversations told the Washington Examiner.
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“We’re looking at different language to put on the appropriation bill that says ‘No money can be used to set up a Disinformation Governance Board, money can’t be used for federal agents or federal employees to in any way pressure social media companies to limit America’s speech and label speech [misinformation],’ ” House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R‑OH) told the Washington Examiner in an interview.
“Those are the kinds of things,” added …