WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) joined Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH-04), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee in introducing the Free Speech Protection Act that will prohibit federal employees and contractors from using their positions to censor and otherwise attack speech protected by the First Amendment. The bill will impose mandatory severe penalties for those individuals that violate this rule.
The bill is cosponsored by U.S. Senators Eric Schmitt (R-MO), J.D. Vance (R-OH), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Mike Braun (R-IN).
In addition to protecting Americans’ First Amendment rights, the bill would also:
- Mandate frequent publicly accessible reports from the heads of executive branch agencies detailing the communications between an executive branch agency and a content provider, as well as prevent agencies from employing any FOIA exemption to prevent disclosure of prohibited communications.
- Ensure that federal grant money is not received by any entity that seeks to label media organizations as sources of misinformation or disinformation.
- Terminate several programs and authorities that threaten free speech and other constitutionally protected rights.
You can read the bill here.
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.