A bill banning the sale of fake news has received support from the President, but there’s been some concern among some Republicans who say the new language is a way for the President to bully the media.
“I think this is an overreach.
I think the bill is a big overreach,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., said Thursday during the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing on the bill.
“It is a little bit too broad.
It goes too far.
It’s not even a bill.
It is a bully tactic.”
Sen. Richard Shelby, R.S., said he is “very concerned” about the bill and is pushing for more time to study it.
But other Republicans in Congress are more cautious.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R.-Ky., said Friday that the bill was a way to bully “the media,” but said the language would need to be clarified.
“It needs to be addressed as a whole, it needs to have a broader context,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s fair to label this bill as something that bullies the media.”
Republican leaders in the Senate are trying to find consensus on the legislation.
But some GOP senators say they need to find more time before voting on the final version.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said that the language needs to go further than just a few words, and that it’s not a bill to attack the press.
“A little of luck would be good,” he told reporters.
“If you don’t, you’ve just created a whole new class of bullies.”
Democrats in the House of Representatives say they’re not willing to take a hard line on fake news.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D. Calif., said the legislation is not a real “bully bill.”
“We should have no tolerance for fake news, we should not be trying to silence or censor the press,” she said.
Lofgren said the bill does not address how to combat fake news but that it will be used to limit the ability of political candidates to use their platforms to promote themselves.
The bill also includes language that could limit what types of political advertisements can be published.
“We’re not trying to ban everything.
We’re not going to make a blanket ban on all political ads,” Leahy said.”
The real goal of the legislation, I think, is to make sure that we don’t allow politicians to make their own decisions on how they use their platform.”
Senators Susan Collins, R., and Joe Manchin, D., both from West Virginia, said they believe the legislation could go too far, and they’re pushing for some changes.
“In our view, this is a bullying tactic.
It doesn’t address the actual problem.
This is a tactic to bully,” Manchin said.
Collins said she thinks the bill would make it more difficult for reporters to do their jobs.
“If we’re going to do it, I want to make it as tough as possible to defend our First Amendment freedoms and the press as well,” she told reporters Thursday.
Sen. Thom Tillis, R, N.C., said there is not enough time to get the bill passed before it goes to the Senate floor, and he wants to make changes to the bill to avoid “any political repercussions.”
“I’m a little concerned about the impact that this will have on the press, but I’m also worried about the effect on the American people.
I don’t know that it’ll have a dramatic impact,” Tillis said.
Senators from the House and Senate are both expected to vote on the measure on Friday, and it will need to clear the House before it heads to the floor.