House Republicans Secure Victory in NDAA, Blocking Woke Censorship Programs Impacting Pentagon Recruiting

House and Senate Armed Services committees recently finalized negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), marking a significant triumph for Speaker Mike Johnson and House Republicans in their stance against woke censorship programs affecting Pentagon recruiting.

In a notable win, the Democrat-led Senate concurred with Johnson’s insistence that the annual defense spending bill should prohibit Pentagon funds from being used with ad agencies employing “misinformation” media monitors.

Left-wing entities like NewsGuard and the Global Disinformation Index (GDI) have been utilized by major advertising agencies to block military recruitment ads on numerous conservative media outlets.

The new NDAA provision explicitly prevents any advertising agency contracted by the Defense Department from utilizing services involved in “determinations of misinformation.”

Moreover, the law mandates that the Pentagon inform the House and Senate Armed Services committees each time the recruitment division directly engages with NewsGuard, GDI, or similar entities.

The provision initially surfaced as a House amendment to the defense bill by Rep. Rich McCormick, R-Ga., and Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo.

Expressing gratitude for the inclusion of the amendment, McCormick stated, “The big win here is that with this language Congress will put the DOD on notice that we are paying attention.”

Lamborn deemed the GOP addition to the legislation as “a step in the right direction,” emphasizing the unacceptability of the Department of Defense contracting with companies censoring news sources based on subjective criteria.

While not as restrictive as the House-passed language he introduced, Lamborn sees Section 1555 as a positive step forward. He intends to continue fighting against harmful policies from his position as Chairman of the House Armed Services Strategic Forces Subcommittee in future NDAA versions.

The McCormick-Lamborn Amendment enjoyed support from House Armed Services Chair Mike Rogers, R-Ala. The final version, modified by Senate Democrats, secured approval in conference.

The NDAA still requires passage by the House and Senate, followed by President Joe Biden’s signature to become law. The bill contains provisions that prohibit the DOD from contracting with NewsGuard Technologies or similar advertising firms that blacklist conservative news sources.

Newsmax reached out to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and NewsGuard for comments on the 2024 NDAA.

Rogers conveyed the bill’s success in preventing military drag shows, critical race theory instruction, and the elimination of the Pentagon’s DEI chief position, deeming them distractions that do not enhance readiness and capability.

This marks a considerable achievement for House Republicans on various key issues, showcasing their commitment to curbing divisive and ideologically driven programs within the military.

Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw is a seasoned conservative news journalist based in New Orleans, Louisiana. With over 15 years of experience in the industry, Richard is known for his insightful reporting on national and international affairs, as well as his in-depth analysis of political and cultural issues.

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