WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel’s The Faulkner Focus to discuss President Biden’s failure to condemn Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s disparaging comments about Border Patrol agents and her efforts to defund the Department of Homeland Security. In addition, Whip Scalise highlighted House Republicans’ efforts to hold Big Tech accountable for censoring conservative voices and choosing who can and cannot have a voice on their platforms. Whip Scalise also emphasized the need to protect the privacy rights of everyday Americans.
On Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib’s push to defund the Department of Homeland Security:
“Frankly, it’s very disturbing when you hear a sitting Member of Congress referring to people who are keeping our nation secure as terrorists. I’ve been down with the Border Patrol agents. I went down there a few months ago, and we actually went and saw just how out of control the border is because of President Biden’s policies where he has literally reopened the border. The real big concern is that, right now, it’s the drug cartels from Mexico who have operational control over America’s southern border. And the Democrat Party has become more and more in Washington the party of defunding police, defunding border patrol, defunding ICE. Who’s standing up for Americans who are hardworking, who want to have a functioning legal system of immigration, including, by the way, the millions of people who come here legally, who wait in line, who follow the process?
“First of all, they are way out of step with the American people. But the left, the far-left radical base of the Democrat Party, is controlling the agenda, and President Biden is letting them write these policies. He has yet to stand up to any of them. I’m curious to see, Gillian, [if] President Biden going to speak out against a sitting Member of Congress referring to our Border Patrol agents as terrorists? [These are] people who work for his Department of Homeland Security. He’s yet to show [that] he is willing to stand up to them.”
On Congress holding Big Tech accountable:
“This has been growing for a long time, and frankly, Republicans and Democrats both have concerns with Big Tech for different reasons. On our side, we’re very concerned about the censorship that you’re seeing of conservative voices, way, way more than you see other voices being censored by Big Tech. I think that’s what President Trump was getting at.
“But what Leader McCarthy did is rolled out a bunch of task forces [with] one of them dealing specifically with Big Tech. Jim Jordan is going to be involved. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is going to be involved. All of our leading Republicans in those subject areas are going to be focused on how to hold Big Tech more accountable. And also, by the way, standing up for transparency and for the privacy rights of everyday Americans who right now, no matter what app you’re using, they’re tracking things that you may not even realize. And there’s very little way for a consumer to find out exactly what is being tracked on their device. If you’re just having a conversation with a friend about going hiking, next thing you know, you’re getting things fed to you, advertisements about hiking. You never even typed anything into a Google search. So those are the kinds of things that people are very concerned about. And we’re looking into all of that and putting a task force together so that we can come up with true legislative proposals.”
On Big Tech companies selling consumer information:
“Look, I used to write software for a living. I have a Computer Science degree, and one of the things I’ve always said is, ‘The technology community can innovate faster than Congress can legislate.’ And you know, one of the things you’ve got to look at it now as privacy is the next realm, and you don’t pay for apps anymore. It’s because they’re aggregating data from people who use these apps and people have very little information about just what is being tracked, just what data is being collected and then sold unbeknownst mostly to the consumer. It’s very hard to even find what that information is that they’re tracking and selling in aggregate form. And so, trying to getting a better handle, getting more transparency is going to be something [really] important that we’re going to try to do.”