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The Republican Recap: Week of March 6, 2023

Here’s a recap of what Republicans achieved on the House Floor this week:

Stopping the Government From Colluding with Big Tech to Silence Americans ✅
As the Twitter Files recently exposed, government agencies such as the FBI and the State Department have been working behind-the-scenes with Big Tech to censor conservative views and suppress stories like the Hunter Biden laptop story and the lab leak theory on the origin of COVID-19.

The job of the government should be protecting Americans’ constitutional right to free speech, not colluding with Big Tech to silence them. Americans have the right to express themselves lawfully online without the government controlling the narrative.

Chairman Jamie Comer’s legislation, H.R. 140, the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, prohibits federal employees from colluding with private platforms to censor lawful speech by expanding the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from taking part in political activities in their official capacity.

“This week, the House of Representatives took action to protect our constitutional right to free speech from government censorship. The Biden Administration has eroded Americans’ First Amendment rights by bullying social media companies to censor certain views and news on their platforms. Biden Administration officials are quick to label inconvenient facts as disinformation and then pressure social media companies to suppress content on their platforms. To protect the First Amendment, the Protect Speech from Government Interference Act stops federal employees from pressuring social media companies to silence Americans expressing views online. The Senate must take up this legislation to get this bill to the finish line,” said Oversight Committee Chairman Jamie Comer.

What Members Said:

“Recent revelations made in the Twitter Files show that free speech under the First Amendment is under attack even by those within our own federal government. Our Founding Fathers fought hard to enshrine the right to free speech in our Constitution. As social media companies and Big Tech corporations collude with rogue federal agents to censure and de-platform members of our free society, including members of Congress and other conservative voices, we must continue to do everything we can to fight to protect the First Amendment for everyone,” said Rep. John Rose.

Click here or on the image above to view Rep. Bean’s remarks.

Rep. Anna Paulina Luna called out government employees for abusing their power to censor Americans' speech.

Reversing Biden’s Overreaching WOTUS Rule ✅
The Biden Administration continues to grasp for more control at the expense of everyday Americans, empowering agency bureaucrats to trample local communities with burdensome regulations and red tape.

President Biden’s rule redefining “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) under the Clean Water Act expands the federal government's regulatory power, increases permitting requirements, broadens the EPA’s jurisdiction by failing to define what waters are covered, and will have a significant economic impact on small businesses. 

H.J. Res. 27, introduced by Rep. Sam Graves, blocks the Biden EPA’s overreaching and unclear WOTUS rule, and protects small businesses and farmers from the regulatory burdens it would create.

“American families, farmers, small businesses, and entire communities are suffering under the economic crises caused by the disastrous Biden policies of the last two years. The last thing they need is this Administration’s inexplicable decision to move the country back toward the overreaching, costly, and burdensome regulations of the past, which is exactly what this WOTUS rule does. I now look forward to continuing to work with our leadership, our committee colleagues, Senator Capito, and all opponents of this unnecessary rule to ensure our legislation is sent to the President’s desk,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves.

What Members Said:

“The feds have far exceeded their authority under the Clean Water Act and have expanded on the scope and intent of the original law by redefining what is navigable water of the United States. This rescinds the recent changes made under the Trump Administration that actually carried out the intent of the Clean Water Act, and the increasing regulation of both land and waters must be stopped. In many instances, these new impunity regulations are a de facto taking of private property,” said Congresswoman Harriet Hageman. 

“This is just one more example of an out-of-control and unelected Washington bureaucracy intruding into our personal lives and seeking to destroy our property rights.”


Click here or on the image above to view Rep. Hageman’s remarks. 

Rep. John Duarte highlighted how President Biden's WOTUS rule threatens American farm families and our nation's food supply.

Demanding Transparency on Covid Origins ✅
Republicans have been demanding transparency on the origins of COVID-19 since the pandemic began, but House Democrats have impeded legislation and investigations that would have exposed the truth sooner.

Now, we have a second chance to get to the bottom of what the government knew and when for the American people. It’s time for the truth to come to light.

S.619, the COVID–19 Origin Act of 2023, requires the Director of National Intelligence to declassify all information on the origin of COVID-19 and any potential links with the Wuhan Institute of Virology within 90 days of enactment.

“The COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc across the country, with almost every household feeling its effects. The American people deserve answers to every aspect of the COVID-19 pandemic, including how this virus was created and specifically whether it was a natural occurrence or was the result of a lab-related event.

“If signed into law, the 
COVID-19 Origin Act will give the American public a unique insight as to what was happening at a Bio Safety Level laboratory in Wuhan, China, in late 2019 and early 2020. This laboratory, and who was working there, might be the key to unraveling the truth. 
“COVID-19 ranks as one of this century’s most significant events. No community was spared, and every corner of the world was impacted. Everyone deserves to know what our Intelligence Community knows, and S.619 is a step in the right direction,” 
said House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner.

What Members Said:

“By declassifying, we will be able to seek clarity, give transparency, and gain security, which is what the American people deserve. By declassifying, we have a chance to ensure that 7 million people who died of COVID are honored correctly. This is a chance to hold China accountable for COVID and seek justice and a reckoning, and perhaps most importantly, a chance to prevent another man-made pandemic such as this from wreaking havoc on the planet,” said Congressman Mike Garcia.
Click here or on the image above to view Rep. Garcia’s remarks.
Rep. Josh Brecheen emphasized the importance of holding China accountable and exposing the truth for Americans.