Congressman Bill Posey (R-Rockledge) voted in favor of the Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act, which was passed by the U.S. House on Wednesday, March 8th, 2023. The legislation aims to prohibit federal agencies and officials from censoring the speech of Americans that is protected by the First Amendment.
The new act expands the Hatch Act, which previously applied only to employees of the executive branch, to include all federal entities. The legislation also prohibits federal employees from coercing private companies to remove, block or add disclaimer language to lawful speech.
According to Congressman Posey, the federal government has a responsibility to protect liberty and uphold the Constitution. He believes that many individuals in Washington have ignored this mission, using their positions to silence critics and opponents.
“Unfortunately, many in Washington have ignored this mission and instead have used their positions to silence critics and opponents so they can impose their radical agendas without any question or accountability. This behavior must end,” Congressman Posey said.
The Protecting Speech from Government Interference Act was introduced in response to concerns that the federal government has been engaging in censorship of lawful speech. By passing this legislation, the U.S. House hopes to protect the rights of Americans to express their opinions and ideas without fear of censorship by the government.
The legislation will now move on to the Senate for further consideration. If passed by both the House and the Senate, the bill will be sent to the President for signature before becoming law.
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