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Congressman Issa Declares Censorship of Conservatives “Singular Big Tech Crisis of Our Times”

June 23, 2021

Senior Member of Judiciary Committee details fundamental flaws of Democrat bills


Washington, D.C. — Congressman Darrell Issa, Ranking Republican Member on the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet, issued the following statement during today’s proceedings on a package of antitrust legislation:

“This is a landmark day in the fight to rein in the antitrust abuses of Big Tech – but not in the way the Democrat majority would like you to believe. While the legislative package we are debating today makes repeated references to “breaking up monopolies” and “opening up platforms,” it will do little or nothing of the kind.

It is, instead, an unprecedented expansion of big government, an invitation for China to gain even greater access to our data, the creation of new and broader powers for Biden Administration regulators, and a grab-bag of anti-business provisions that won’t empower consumers and will, at best, create a multiple of problem entities out of currently larger ones.

Worst of all, this legislative approach sidesteps the singular Big Tech crisis of our time: The relentless targeting of Americans’ free speech and daily censorship of conservatives online. Let me be clear: There can be no reform of Big Tech without addressing its discrimination and denials of the words and speech it doesn’t want others to read and hear.”

That’s why I am today proposing and supporting a series of amendments that will actually fix what’s wrong with today’s tech industry by addressing market abuses, threats to consumer privacy and end the silencing of conservative voices. This is a fight worth having. And it is long overdue.”

Darrell Issa is the Representative of California’s 50th Congressional District. The District encompasses the central and northeastern parts of San Diego County and a portion of Riverside County, including the communities of Fallbrook, San Marcos, Valley Center, Ramona, Escondido, Santee, Lakeside, El Cajon, Temecula, and the mountain and desert areas of the San Diego-Imperial County line. Issa served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2011-2015.