WASHINGTON: Three Republican U.S. senators on Tuesday introduced the latest legislation targeting a federal law that largely exempts tech platforms such as Facebook and Twitter from legal liability for the material their users post. The bill from Senator Roger Wicker, who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce; Senator Lindsey Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senator Marsha Blackburn, who sits on both committees, is titled the 'Online Freedom and Viewpoint Diversity Act.' There are mounting calls to reform Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Lawmakers have complained about Big Tech's content moderation decisions and the legal immunity the companies enjoy has come under severe scrutiny. "For too long, social media platforms have hidden behind Section 230 protections to censor content that deviates from their beliefs," Wicker said in a statement. Graham aired similar concerns, saying social media companies routinely censor content … [Read more...] about Republican senators propose reform to key US tech liability shield
As the minimum wage hike debate continued through Congress on Friday, Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to speak out against the Senate filibuster—a procedure that allows a senator to address the floor for an extended period of time in order to delay voting on a bill. In a tweet, the congresswoman noted of the many Americans who are struggling financially and could benefit from the wage increase. "Preserving the filibuster is not worth letting millions of people in this country go hungry, sleep in their cars, or struggle to afford baby formula," she wrote. Senate Parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough ruled against t he Raise the Wage Act, saying that it did not meet budget rules. According to The New York Times , Senate Democrats are exploring an alternative plan, which would penalize corporations that pay employees less than a $15 wage. As previously reported, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren had also criticized the … [Read more...] about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Criticizes Senate Filibuster Amid Minimum Wage Hike Debate
In a matter of days this country will face an extraordinary Senate trial. The Senate not only will try a president for a second time but will do so after he has left office. Kamala Harris has assured us the Senate can “multitask” to deal with an impeachment, a new administration, and a pandemic. But the issue is if this is a task of the Constitution and, for soon to be citizen Donald Trump Donald Trump Noem touts South Dakota coronavirus response, knocks lockdowns in CPAC speech On The Trail: Cuomo and Newsom — a story of two embattled governors McCarthy: 'I would bet my house' GOP takes back lower chamber in 2022 MORE , the best defense could be no defense at all. In fairness, people on both sides are having a hard time with this novel impeachment. While I have said that I do not wish to serve as counsel to the president, I have also spoken to members of Congress and the White House on the legal and historical background for a trial. From a strategic … [Read more...] about Should Donald Trump skip his impeachment trial in Senate?
WASHINGTON: The Trump administration and Senate Republicans have been in regular contact over possible coronavirus relief measures and the Senate's top Republican will "hopefully" unveil a new bill next week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday. Asked about the collapse of talks with Democrats over aid legislation, Mnuchin told Fox Business Network that he and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows have been speaking regularly with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. "Hopefully Mitch will enter new legislation next week," Mnuchin said. No negotiations on another round of coronavirus aid have taken place since early August, when talks collapsed as Congressional Democrats and the Republican Trump administration could not bridge a gap of more than US$1 trillion between their proposed relief packages for small businesses, state and local governments, school districts and health care providers. Trump has since signed an executive order extending expired … [Read more...] about US Senate’s McConnell eyes revamped coronavirus relief bill, Mnuchin tells Fox Business
WASHINGTON: Two US Republican senators on Thursday (Aug 13) asked the Federal Trade Commission for an investigation of video-sharing app TikTok's consumer data collection and processing practices. The request was in a letter by Senator Jerry Moran, chair of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Senator John Thune, chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet. The senators sought specific answers from the FTC related to a Wall Street Journal report that described TikTok's undisclosed collection and transmission of data from millions of US consumers until November 2019. "There are allegations that TikTok discretely collected media access control (MAC) addresses, commonly used for advertisement targeting purposes ... through November 2019,” said the letter, which was addressed to FTC Chairman Joseph Simons. A spokeswoman for the FTC declined comment. The letter is the latest example of … [Read more...] about Two Republican senators ask US FTC to investigate TikTok’s data collection practices