JCPA COSPONSOR Greg Steube: ‘I’m Certainly Not Married to the Language in This Bill’

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) appeared on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host and editor-in-chief Alex Marlow today. The controversial Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), which Rep. Steube co-sponsored in the House, was one of the topics raised on the show.

While Rep. Steube defended the general principle of the bill and backed up lead Republican co-sponsor Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), he agreed with some of the criticisms of the bill and said he is not “married” to its language or provisions.

In particular, Rep. Steube said he “doesn’t disagree” with a criticism of one of the core elements of the bill, financial handouts from Big Tech to the media industry, because it would create a disincentive for media companies receiving the handouts to investigate Big Tech.

“One thing that I think holds Big Tech accountable is that there is at least some level of journalism that’s done that targets Big Tech, and when Big Tech is literally cutting checks to media outlets, and they are negotiating how big those checks are going to be every so often as a big collective, that just seems like a formula for no more journalism to be done on big tech,” said Marlow. “Why would I investigate people who are creating a huge slush fund? I’m probably not going to investigate them quite as hard as the people who are giving me a bunch of money.”

“Yeah, I don’t disagree with that, and there’s things that Breitbart sees that can we change, or a bill idea that you guys have, I’m happy to look at that,” said Rep. Steube. “I’m certainly not married to the language in this bill, I’m just a co-sponsor, and I think Buck would probably be better able to articulate why he thinks this is important over things like what I want to do like doing away with the Section 230 liability protection.”

On the show, Marlow also outlined concerns that the media cartel(s) created by the JCPA will have the power to exclude independent outlets like Breitbart News.

“What gives you the confidence that when these media companies form a cartel, that Breitbart is going to be included?” asked Marlow. “I’ll tell you, working with other conservative outlets on certain things, we don’t all line up on stuff, and we’re certainly not going to get welcomed into any cartel that includes the New York Times or the Washington Post, and to be honest even the News Corp publications which do a lot of terrific work but they’re highly competitive people. I don’t think Rupert Murdoch is going to be negotiating on behalf of Breitbart with Big Tech, that just sounds entirely unrealistic.”

“I’m not married to one position or another,” responded Rep. Steube. “I’m certainly open to hearing both sides on this.”

The JCPA is an unusual bill in that cosponsors, who rarely back out or waver on bills they support, have done so on this one. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said he was “reconsidering” his support for the bill following a hearing with journalist Glenn Greenwald last year. And in September this year, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) withdrew his cosponsorship of the bill in the Senate.

Breitbart News Daily broadcasts live on SiriusXM Patriot 125 weekdays from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

Allum Bokhari is the senior technology correspondent at Breitbart News. He is the author of #DELETED: Big Tech’s Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal The Election.


GOP Rep. Steube: Lifting Sanctions on Iran Will Give Russia Ability to Dodge Sanctions

GOP Rep. Steube: Lifting Sanctions on Iran Will Give Russia Ability to Dodge Sanctions

On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) stated that lifting sanctions on Iran under the Iran nuclear deal would give “billions of dollars of revenue to a terrorist regime” that will then “backdoor that through the Russians and give the Russians the ability to avoid western sanctions, completely the opposite direction that our country should be going right now.”

Steube said, “I mean, the thought that we’re going to get into a deal with the Iranians, that would give them a path to a nuclear warhead, and oh, by the way, then allow Russia to bypass all of the western sanctions and the United States sanctions through this deal, is beyond the pale.”

He added, “We should continue the sanctions against the Iranian regime. Because it has completely hampered their economic status. If we got back into this deal and lifted sanctions, and if we allow this terrorist regime not to be designated as a terrorist state, it opens up billions of dollars of revenue to a terrorist regime, who, oh, by the way, is going to backdoor that through the Russians and give the Russians the ability to avoid western sanctions, completely the opposite direction that our country should be going right now.”

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett


‘Resign Or Face Impeachment’: Lawmakers Call For Biden’s Ouster In Wake Of Afghanistan Disaster

‘Resign Or Face Impeachment’: Lawmakers Call For Biden’s Ouster In Wake Of Afghanistan Disaster

Thirteen U.S. service members and at least 90 Afghans are dead after suicide bombers attacked the Kabul airport and an adjacent hotel not two weeks after President Joe Biden’s thoughtless and failed attempt to pack up and leave Afghanistan — and many Republican leaders aren’t having it.

Instead of taking responsibility and prioritizing bringing Americans home, the Biden administration has shifted blame onto the preceding administration and evacuated mostly poorly vetted Afghans. According to Politico, U.S. officials have even shared intelligence with the Taliban, with one defense official saying, “Basically, they just put all those Afghans on a kill list.”

Democrats and their Republican friends Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois — neither of whom returned The Federalist’s request for comment about whether they would also call for Biden’s resignation or impeachment — jumped at the chance to impeach former President Donald Trump after he called on supporters to be peaceful. Now the following GOP lawmakers are calling on Biden to resign for his dereliction of duty that has left Americans dead at the hands of terrorists.

Rep. Jackie Walorski

“As the president has said repeatedly, the buck stops with him — and I agree. The buck must stop here,” Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana wrote in a statement. “President Biden has demonstrated that he is unfit to serve as commander-in-chief, and, therefore, must resign.”

Rep. Chip Roy

Rep. Chip Roy, a Texas Republican, said Congress must take action against the president and secretary of state for their incompetence.

“When he abandoned our men and women in uniform, vacated Bagram (Air Base) and left that base wide open, you damn well believe that Congress needs to take action against him and against Secretary Blinken,” Roy said on Newsmax’s “Wake Up America” on Friday morning. “We need the brass at the Pentagon to be talking about what their hands in all of this are as well.”

Rep. Kat Cammack

Florida Republican Rep. Kat Cammack said that since Joe Biden is a fan of political deadlines, he should have until his Aug. 31 deadline to submit his resignation.

“There needs to be resignations across the board, starting with Secretary Blinken,” Cammack added.

Rep. Lee Zeldin

Rep. Lee Zeldin, a New York Republican, joined the chorus calling for Biden’s resignation on Friday morning.

“There needs to be a heck of a lot of accountability, and I really don’t believe that this president can stay in this position,” the congressman told Rita Cosby on WABC Radio. “I believe that he should resign.”

Rep. Jody Hice

The Georgia Republican took to Twitter on Friday morning to offer a list of Biden’s “disasters” in addition to the one in Afghanistan, such as the “southern border disaster,” the “radical woke agenda disaster,” and the “reckless spending disaster.”

“Only 7 months into this… It’s time for the Biden disaster to RESIGN!” Hice wrote.

Rep. Ralph Norman

“I couldn’t agree more,” concurred Norman, a congressman from South Carolina who retweeted Hice.

Rep. Andy Harris

Maryland GOP Rep. Andy Harris went after the president for focusing on tax and spending plans instead of the safety of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

“Unbelievable. Resign,” he tweeted.

Rep. Jeff Duncan

Rep. Jeff Duncan, a South Carolina Republican, co-sponsored an article of impeachment with his Georgia colleague Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene again Biden on Thursday for dereliction of duty.

“Impeachment is a very serious matter, and one I do not take lightly. It saddens me that it has come to this, but the President’s actions have proved he is a threat to our national security and the Constitution,” Duncan said in a statement. “It is time to take action and remove the sitting President from office due to his gross negligence that undermined our national security, led to the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, and resulted in a grave humanitarian crisis.”

Sen. Josh Hawley

“To say that today’s loss of American lives in Kabul is sickening does not begin to do justice to what has happened. It is enraging. And Joe Biden is responsible,” the Missouri senator wrote on Thursday on Twitter. “It is now clear beyond all doubt that he has neither the capacity nor the will to lead. He must resign.”

“We must reject the falsehood peddled by a feckless president that this was the only option for withdrawal,” Hawley continued in a statement. “This is the product of Joe Biden’s catastrophic failure of leadership. It is now painfully clear he has neither the will nor the capacity to lead. He must resign.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn

Blackburn didn’t just call for the president’s ouster. The Tennessee senator called for the resignation or impeachment of the vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Rep. Tom Rice

In a statement about the “devastating” news out of Kabul, Rep. Tom Rice of South Carolina also called on the president to resign.

“Your ineptitude has now cost at least 12 American lives,” Rice wrote. “Do the American people a favor. Resign and turn the job over to someone who can handle it.”

Rep. Brian Babin

“What used to be the harmless gaffes and blunders of an unserious clown with no real power or influence has now led to the deaths and injuries of U.S. servicemembers, imperiled thousands of Americans and Afghan allies stuck in Kabul, and ignited a full-blown humanitarian crisis and hostage situation of historic proportions. It must stop,” the Texas lawmaker said in calling for Biden’s removal.

“He must resign, be removed under the 25th Amendment, or impeached immediately,” Babin wrote.

Rep. Byron Donalds

Biden “has abdicated his responsibilities and duties” and “must RESIGN IMMEDIATELY,” tweeted Rep. Byron Donalds, a Florida Republican.

Sen. Roger Marshall

Marshall, a Kansas Republican, reportedly said on Tuesday that Biden “should resign immediately” if he doesn’t give Americans answers “on how we will respond to this massacre.”

Rep. Barry Loudermilk

“For the future of our nation, our freedom, and our future, it is time for him to resign,” Georgia Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk tweeted, adding that Nancy Pelosi should also step down as speaker of the House.

Rep. Claudia Tenney

“Biden should resign,” agreed New York Rep. Claudia Tenney, saying she has received messages from veterans calling for Biden to step down and urging her colleagues to join her in calling for his resignation.

Rep. Kevin Hern

“There is no leadership in the White House right now,” wrote Oklahoma GOP Rep. Kevin Hern in a statement. “Biden and Harris both need to resign for dereliction of duty.”

Rep. Greg Steube

“Joe Biden needs to take responsibility and resign,” the Florida Republican wrote, calling news of the Marine deaths “horrific.” “We must keep our troops safe and our country protected.”

Rep. Roger Williams

“Today’s terrorist attacks in Afghanistan are the tragic outcomes of the decisions by a failed American President. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. should resign immediately,” the Texas Republican said.

Sen. Ronny Jackson

“THIS IS NOT FUNNY!” tweeted Texas GOP Sen. Ronny Jackson. “He needs to RESIGN immediately!”

Rep. Vicky Hartzler

“We need this president to resign,” the Missouri Republican said in a video posted to Twitter. “He has proven that he is incompetent and he’s incapable of leading this nation. He’s endangering our citizens, and he certainly is endangering us on a world stage, so it is time for him to go.”

Rep. Warren Davidson

“I remain firmly convinced that Joe Biden should resign,” the Ohio Republican said, adding that Antony Blinken, Lloyd Austin, and Alejandro Mayorkas should also be fired.

Rep. Andy Biggs

Rep Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, said Biden “must resign” because he “is consistently bad on policy and a danger to our people.”

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

“Americans come first,” the Georgia congresswoman said in a press conference. “This administration has failed you on every single level.”

“Everyone involved left tens of thousands Americans behind to be the Taliban’s hostages,” she continued on Twitter. “Every single one, especially Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, should resign. Immediately.”

Rep. Mark Green

“[Biden] is a clear and present danger to the safety of Americans,” the Tennessee Republican told Tammy Bruce on Fox News last week, before the explosions in Kabul on Thursday. “This commander in chief has lost complete touch with reality.”

This is “why Joe Biden needs to resign!” Green added on Twitter.

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler, a Pennsylvania Republican, took to Twitter last week to document American losses in Afghanistan over the past two decades.

“[T]he U.S. suffered 20,000 casualties, lost over 2,300 soldiers, spent over $2.2 trillion,” Reschenthaler tweeted. “And we have nothing to show for it because Biden just handed the country over to terrorists. RT if you think Biden should resign.”

“There’s nothing Biden, Blinken, Milley, and the rest of the capitulators can say to undue selling out our allies, diminishing our standing in the world, and handing Afghanistan back to the Taliban. Truly unforgivable,” the congressman also told Newsmax’s Logan Ratick, calling for their resignations.

Rep. Elise Stefanik

Rep. Elise Stefanik, the New York Republican who replaced Cheney as GOP conference chair, said on Aug. 26 that Biden is “unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”

“Our hearts break across the country for the brave service members who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their families are facing unimaginable news today. Please pray for them,” she said in a press release.

“The buck stops with the President of the United States,” she continued. “Joe Biden has blood on his hands. This horrific national security and humanitarian disaster is solely the result of Joe Biden’s weak and incompetent leadership. He is unfit to be Commander-in-Chief.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham

“I think he should be impeached,” the South Carolina Republican said during a Newsmax segment on Aug. 24. “I think Joe Biden deserves to be impeached because he’s abandoned thousands of Afghans who fought with us, and he’s going to abandon some American citizens because he capitulated to the Taliban to a Aug. 31 deadline.”

Rep. Mike Waltz

“Every single person who is responsible for Americans and our allies should resign for their heartlessness and incompetence,” said Florida GOP Rep. Mike Waltz, saying he was “furious” at the actions of Biden, the National Security Council, and the Department of State.

Rep. Lauren Boebert

Colorado Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert also says, “It’s time for Joe Biden to resign.”

Rep. Jim Jordan

“Resign,” said Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who is known for getting his point across in few words.

This article has been updated as additional lawmakers called on the president to resign.


Exclusive–GOP Lawmakers Blast Biden’s Coronavirus Surrender: Americans ‘Have Had Enough of Biden and Fauci’s Fake Science’

Exclusive–GOP Lawmakers Blast Biden’s Coronavirus Surrender: Americans ‘Have Had Enough of Biden and Fauci’s Fake Science’

Several Republican politicians have blasted the Biden administration for surrendering to more Chinese coronavirus mandates after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it is now recommending vaccinated individuals mask up in certain settings, concluding the American people “have had enough of Biden and Fauci’s fake science.”

On Tuesday, Biden’s CDC backtracked on previous guidance, drastically modifying its position by recommending vaccinated individuals wear masks in certain settings. The Biden White House was utterly unable to explain the discrepancies in talking points after weeks of health officials pitching vaccines as the primary way for the U.S. to return to pre-pandemic normalcy.

“If vaccines work…then why do people who have the vaccine need to now wear masks?” Peter Doocy of Fox News asked White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who was unable to sufficiently answer the question.

“The public health leaders in our administration have made the determination, based on data, that that is a way to make sure they’re protected,” she offered.

GOP lawmakers are now speaking out, lambasting the Biden administration for sending mixed signals.

“The American people have had enough of Biden and Fauci’s fake science,” Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) told Breitbart News in reaction to Biden offering an unconditional surrender to the coronavirus by retreating on the mask guidance from the CDC.

“This decision is nothing more than an example of outrageous government overreach that will infringe on our rights, threaten our businesses, and keep children falling behind at school,” he continued.

“How many more times will we allow this administration to move the goalposts and stunt our recovery from the pandemic?” he asked.

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) told Breitbart News that the guidance will “create even more doubt about the effectiveness of the vaccine and therefore incentivize people that already have concerns not to get it.”

“This is going to make the problem worse, not better,” he warned.

“Just like he did with Kamala Harris and our border crisis, it’s weak for the President to abdicate his leadership on this important issue entirely to the CDC,” Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) told Breitbart News, explaining that the CDC has “proven it will almost always adopt the most restrictive guidance, despite the evidence and broader effects their policies ultimately have on our economy and way of life.”

“The CDC should be one source of information for Mr. Biden, not his proxy,” the congressman added.

Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) said Democrats, along with the media, need to stop moving the goalposts.

“The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and every American has had the opportunity to get one,” he told Breitbart News.

“At some point Democrats, the media, and the health care bureaucracy will have to stop moving the goalposts and accept that Americans have a right to confront health risks in a manner they choose, including whether to get the vaccine or wear masks,” he added.

“The CDC recommending masks for vaccinated people is going to take us right back to the way the heavy hand of government dealt with COVID in the first place,” Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) said on social media.

“Let this be solved at the grassroots level with individual responsibility. NO MORE mandates and masking that didn’t work,” he added:

Gov. Ron DeSantis’s (R) administration also issued a pointed response, contending the updated rules are not based on science and warning that it will likely backfire.

“It isn’t based in science. There is no indication that areas with mask mandates have performed any better than areas without mask mandates,” DeSantis’s office told Breitbart News.

“In fact, this policy could actually backfire. Mandating masks for vaccinated people erodes public trust and confidence in the effectiveness of the vaccines. To me it appears that the government wants to be perceived as doing something during a seasonal infection surge, even if their policy does not necessarily make people safer,” DeSantis’s press secretary Christina Pushaw said.

“Mass psychosis fueled by schizophrenia at NIH and CDC. How do you say the vaccines work while taking actions that show you don’t believe it?” Rep. Warren Davidson (R-OH) told Breitbart News. “For what it’s worth, it looks like for most people the vaccines do work. Everyone should consult their own doctor—and ignore Dr. Fauci,” he added.

Meanwhile, Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, is blaming unvaccinated people for her agency backtracking.

The updated mask guidance, she claimed, “could have been avoided” if more people had gotten vaccinated, falling in line with the administration, which continues to undermine its own narrative.


House Republicans to Defense Secretary: Left-Wing Extremism and Politicization Jeopardizing Military’s Legacy

House Republicans to Defense Secretary: Left-Wing Extremism and Politicization Jeopardizing Military’s Legacy

Thirty House Republicans sent a letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Wednesday, warning him that creeping left-wing extremism and politicization is jeopardizing the United States military’s status as one of the nation’s most respected institutions.

The letter, led by Rep. Matt Rosendale, Sr. (R-MT), said:

We write to express concern about the growing trend of left-wing extremism and politicization in our armed forces. The military’s long history of standing above politics has made it one of the most respected institutions in America and enabled our armed forces to both defend the Homeland and serve as one of the bulwarks of our constitutional order. That legacy is now in jeopardy.

The lawmakers said that under the guise of reviewing “extremism” within the Department of Defense, “political actors such as Bishop Garrison, the head of the working group tasked with defining extremist views” for the DOD, have been given “broad freedom to both catechize and root out servicemembers who will not affirm far-left doctrines.”

“Your order for a ‘stand-down’ to ideologically assess servicemembers appears to have been connected to these efforts,” they wrote.

They listed four examples of growing politicization in the military:

— In March of this year, the U.S. Special Operations Command, which trains and oversees special forces like the SEAL teams, Green Berets, and Delta Force, hired Richard Torres-Estrada to be their first ever Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and announced a new “Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan” for our special forces. Days later, amid widespread backlash, he was reassigned after his vast trove of far-left social media posts came to light, one of which compared President Donald J. Trump to Adolf Hitler.

— Recently the United States Army released a recruitment video titled “The Calling” which describes marching in left-wing social protests as “defending freedom,” depicts “two moms” raising a child, features a lesbian wedding, and refers to the subject of the video’s service to this country as “shattering stereotypes.”5 West Point has come under criticism for an anti-police, racist “Diversity and Inclusion” training that caused consternation among parents and cadets.

— Lt. Col. Matthew Lohmeier, commander of 11th Space Warning Squadron at Buckley Air Force Base, warned of the radical ideology being pushed on our military, recently stating “the diversity, inclusion and equity industry and the trainings we are receiving in the military … is rooted in critical race theory, which is rooted in Marxism.” Instead of rewarding Lt. Col. Lohmeier for sounding the alarm bell on extreme ideologies infecting the military, he was relieved of his command.

They wrote, “This is hardly an exhaustive list.”

“The sole purpose of the United States Military is to protect American citizens, defend American national security interests, and to fight and win wars when necessary. We urge you to use your authority to take action to fight back against the creeping left-wing extremism in the U.S. military,” they said.

The letter was signed by Republican Reps. Ronny L. Jackson (TX); Jody Hice (GA); Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA); Andy Biggs (AZ); Ted Budd (NC); Lauren Boebert (CO); Dan Bishop (NC); Randy K. Weber (TX); Ralph Norman (SC); Andy Harris, M.D. (MD); Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ); Bob Good (VA); Mary E. Miller (IL); Barry Moore (AL); Jeff Duncan (SC); Brian Babin, D.D.S. (TX); Andrew Clyde (GA); Russ Fulcher (ID); Matt Gaetz (FL); W. Gregory Steube (FL); Clay Higgins (LA); Alex X. Mooney (WV); Louie Gohmert (TX); Diana Harshbarger (TN); Barry Loudermilk (GA); Ken Buck (CO); Brian Mast (FL); Chip Roy (TX); and Warren Davidson (OH).

Follow Breitbart News’s Kristina Wong on Twitter or on Facebook. 


House GOP Bill Reintroduced To Protect Women’s Sports Following Anti-Science Biden Order

House GOP Bill Reintroduced To Protect Women’s Sports Following Anti-Science Biden Order

Florida Republican Rep. Greg Steube reintroduced the “Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act” this week after President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday effectively eliminating women’s sports.

The bill, first introduced last year, mandates schools comply with Title IX recognition of reproductive biology and birth genetics to categorize school sports between men and women.

Introduced on the heels of an executive order from Biden compelling federally-funded institutions to allow biological males who identify as female to be admitted to women’s sports programs and locker rooms, Steube’s bill already enjoys double the co-sponsors that it did last Congress.

“By forcing biological female athletes to compete against biological male athletes in competitive sports, we are taking away women’s opportunities on and off the field,” Steube said in a Thursday statement. “These unfair policies discount the hard work and determination put in by our female athletes and give biological male athletes an unfair advantage in joining teams, setting records and earning scholarships.”

Speaking to The Federalist, Steube complained that Biden’s Wednesday executive order erased Title IX protections.

“Title IX was set out specifically to protect women and protect women’s sports,” Steube said, emphasizing that Biden’s edict “completely eviscerates the gains that women have had in sports by allowing that to happen.”

[embedded content]


Google-Funded ‘Conservative’ Groups Tell Congress To Leave Google And Big Tech Alone

Google-Funded ‘Conservative’ Groups Tell Congress To Leave Google And Big Tech Alone

The National Taxpayers Union sent a letter to House Republicans Thursday calling on members to back off pursuit of antitrust legislation as bipartisan support for enhanced regulation might be growing on Capitol Hill.

The National Taxpayers Union spearheaded the letter, signed by 15 other groups, condemning new legislation to rein in Big Tech as antithetical to conservative values of free enterprise, never mind that the Silicon Valley tech empires have illustrated their capability to suffocate the open market on their own by amassing online monopolies.

“These companies provide valuable services to hundreds of millions of American and global consumers,” the letter reads, calling demands for new 21st-century antitrust legislation “politically-motivated efforts to tear apart successful firms simply because they’re big or for any number of other arbitrary reasons.”

The so-called conservative National Taxpayers Union, which led the effort recruiting groups to sign on, is also named on Google’s list of associations that “receive the most substantial contributions” from the California company. Several other signatories, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, the R Street Institute, and TechFreedom, are also featured on Google’s list of supported organizations.

The letter, addressed to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans, was confirmed to The Federalist to have been received by Colorado Rep. Ken Buck, Florida Rep. Greg Steube, and Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, all of whom sit prominently on the House subcommittee on antitrust.

In a statement to The Federalist, Buck rejected the idea that lawmakers were weaponizing the power of the legislature for political purposes.

“The Republicans and Democrats that I’ve spoken to agree that Big Tech is far too powerful and companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have violated antitrust laws,” Buck said. “These companies have acted illegally to crush innovation and silence competitors. Congress cannot sit idly by and allow this to happen.”

House lawmakers on the Judiciary’s subcommittee on antitrust released their findings and recommendations last fall following a 15-month investigation centered on anti-competitive market practices by Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google. Buck, a leading contender to serve as ranking member of the powerful subcommittee, authored a minority report expanding on what was released by his majority colleagues, highlighting common ground in several areas of marketplace problems ripe for reform. The net-worth of the big four now exceeds $5 trillion, about a third of the entire S&P 100, as the corporate powerhouses have continued to thrive under the draconian lockdowns imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Steube also rejected the idea that pursuing new internet rules flies contradictory to conservative values and endorsed free markets. The Florida lawmaker cited the unique liability protections afforded to the tech giants from Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which shields them from accountability not found in any other industry, empowering the Silicon Valley arbiters of the digital public square to engage in selective censorship.

While some members of Congress are still confident that bipartisanship is growing to reign in Big Tech, after the tech giants engaged in widespread election interference to the benefit of Democrats last fall, Steube said he thinks the bipartisan tide against Big Tech appears to have changed.

“Suddenly, with everything that happened in the election, I haven’t heard a peep from the Democrats on breaking up Big Tech,” Steube told The Federalist, after House Democrats spearheaded the initial crusade to crack down on the internet monopolies.

While the House subcommittee on antitrust released its reports last fall, no meetings have taken place yet in the session with new bipartisan legislation proposed based on its conclusions. Earlier this month, Steube reintroduced his bill to reform Section 230 that was proposed in the last Congress, called the CASE-IT Act.

Thursday’s letter from the National Taxpayers Union follows another similar message that circulated Capitol Hill last week, as reported by the Washington Times, featuring another list of signatory groups financially backed by Google.

Five out of the 25-conservative-group coalition in last week’s letter received “most substantial contributions” from Google, including the American Action Forum, the American Conservative Union, Americans for Tax Reform, the Competitive Enterprise Institute, and the National Taxpayers Union.


Greg Steube Pledges ‘No More’ Big Tech Donations

Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) told Breitbart News Daily that he will no longer accept donations from America’s largest technology companies.

Steube spoke to Breitbart News Daily host Alex Marlow as the House Judiciary Committee held an antitrust hearing with Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Breitbart News Daily host Marlow asked, given the enormous influence big tech companies have in Congress, whether it is Republicans to continue to take money from big tech.

Steube pledged to no longer accept donations from Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon. He told Breitbart News Daily, “The moment that we got done, and I think it was something that I was watching on Fox News, I texted my chief and I said, ‘Hey, have we ever taken money from any of these companies because I don’t know if you watched Tucker Carlson last night, but he kind of went after Jim Jordan, he kind of went after Sensenbrenn for taking money from Google.’ And he said, ‘No, we’ve only taken $1,000 from Google.’ And I told him, ‘No more, we’re not accepting any more money from any of these companies.’”

“Last night, after what I saw and after obviously what is truly going on, I told my campaign staff we’re not accepting any more campaign donations from any of these companies,” he added.

Steube’s pledge not to accept big tech donations serves as a call for other Republicans to pledge not to accept donations from America’s largest technology companies. 

Breitbart News reported on Wednesday that Silicon Valley had donated vast sums of money to the House Judiciary Committee as the committee intensified its antitrust review of these companies. Breitbart News previously reported on Republicans, such as Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who had attacked conservative proposals to rein in big tech’s conservative censorship. As of 2019, when she attacked Sen. Josh Hawley’s (R-MO) Ending Support for Internet Censorship Act, she had raised over $80,000 over her career in Congress from Google and Facebook.

Breitbart News Daily host Marlow noted that pledging not to accept big tech donations “is a winning political issue.”

“And anyone that thinks they need ten grand from Google, you’re going to get more than that if you champion the people that are getting oppressed and suppressed by Google,” Marlow said.

“I guarantee you that’s a winning cause for left, right, or center, so it’s not even a political thing, the public does not want these people to have any more power,” Marlow continued. “And, they find it very, very off-putting that people in Congress are still taking their cash, because they know why the cash is being doled out.”

Marlow also said that Breitbart News will investigate other lawmakers and their families that receive donations from large and influential technology companies.

 “You should investigate all of that because I’m sure there are things like that going on,” Steube said.

Breitbart News Daily airs on SiriusXM Patriot 125 from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Eastern.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


Please help truthPeep spread the word :)