Cotton calls on GOP to stonewall NDAA until media cartel bill is scrapped

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called on Republican senators to filibuster the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) over congressional leaders’ decision to lock down the Competition and Preservation Act of Journalism (JCPA) on the bill.

Cotton said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) were holding the bill “hostage” by proposing to add “all sorts of measures foreign non-defensive forces” such as the JCPA; the SAFE Banking Act, which would allow banks to manage marijuana-related businesses; or Sen. Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) Natural Gas and Petroleum Permit Bill as a reward for his vote for the Cut Inflation Act.

Cotton called the JCPA “a reward for liberal media companies to form a cartel to work with big tech that will hurt center-right media.”

The Arkansas conservative has called for filibusters on the bill in the Senate if Democrats insist on adding these extraneous measures to the defense authorization bill.

Cotton said:

If Democrats insist on adding these extraneous measures to the bill, Republican senators should be filibustering, and frankly, House Republicans, whose votes are needed to pass it in the House, shouldn’t no more voting for it, until the Democrats back down and pass a defense bill that is actually focused on our national security and troop support.

Cotton is one of ten Republican “patriots” who opposed the advancement of the JCPA. Others include Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Steve Daines (R-MT), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Josh Hawley (R-MO).

Breitbart News senior technology correspondent Allum Bokhari wrote:

The media industry has been pulling out all the stops to pass this bill, well aware that there are hundreds of millions to billions of dollars of Big Tech money that could flow to them if it passes. Over the past two years, the media has fully deployed its vast influence with politicians, which stretches across both parties, to push this legislation to the line, and has repeatedly failed to do so.

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


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