Senator Hawley Statement on USDA $2.9 Million Broadband Investment in Cape Girardeau County

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s $2.9 million investment in broadband service in Cape Girardeau County. This investment is part of the $100 million in grant funding made available for the ReConnect Pilot Program through the CARES Act. “Broadband is a lifeline for rural communities across our state. This investment in Cape Girardeau County will increase internet access for students, boost economic resiliency in the local...

Senator Hawley Demands Explanation for Racially Divisive Training Sessions at Federally Funded Facilities

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette and Under Secretary for Nuclear Safety and NNSA Administrator Lisa Gordon-Hagerty following leaked documents detailing the content of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training sessions at the federally funded Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia employees were invited to associate terms like “Aryan Nation” and “mass killings” with “white men,” generate a list of “assumptions about people of color"...

Sens. Hawley and Blumenthal Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Fight Human Trafficking As Covid-19 Pandemic Worsens Crisis

With human trafficking on the rise during the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and introduced the bipartisan Leveraging Information on Foreign Traffickers (LIFT) Act to combat modern day slavery. This legislation supports survivor-centered efforts to monitor and prevent trafficking, and improves the U.S. Department of State’s ability to gather information on this crime. U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) are lead...

Hawley’s Bill to Ban TikTok on Government Devices Passes Senate Unanimously

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley’s (R-Mo.) bill to ban TikTok on government devices unanimously passed the Senate. Senator Hawley’s bill, introduced with Senator Rick Scott (R-Fla.), would follow up on steps already taken by the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, and TSA to ban the app on federal government devices due to security concerns.

Hawley Calls for a “Cleaning of House” at DOJ, FBI Over Russiagate Revelations

St a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing regarding former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates’s role in the FBI’s investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign, Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) called for a cleaning of house at the FBI and Department of Justice over misleading FISA applications that led to the surveillance of Carter Page, which Yates admitted she now regrets having approved. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) objected to his remarks, calling them "inflammatory."

Senator Hawley Demands Microsoft Sever All Ties to ByteDance, CCP in Potential TikTok Acquisition

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) sent a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella demanding that TikTok sever any and all ties to ByteDance and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in any potential acquisition by Microsoft. Senator Hawley writes that there have been a number of recent conflicting reports about Microsoft’s plans and it is not clear whether the app will include vulnerabilities that allow the CCP to access American users’ data.

Hawley, Blumenthal Call for DOJ Investigation into Zoom, TikTok

U.S. Senators Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) sent a letter to Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers calling for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into Zoom and TikTok for reported violations of Americans’ civil liberties and of their close ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

Hawley Scorches NBA for Refusal to Criticize CCP, Calls for Commissioner to Testify Before Congress

In response to Senator Josh Hawley’s July letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum would not commit to protecting employees or players who publicly criticize the Chinese Communist Party, calling it a “hypothetical question.” Senator Hawley said the NBA’s letter “reads like lawyers in Beijing drafted it” and called for Commissioner Silver to testify before Congress.

Senator Hawley Introduces Bill to Remove Section 230 Immunity from Behavioral Advertisers

U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) announced he will introduce the Behavioral Advertising Decisions Are Downgrading Services (BAD ADS) Act, a bill to remove Section 230 immunity from Big Tech companies that display manipulative, behavioral ads or provide data to be used for them. Senator Hawley’s bill would crack down on behavioral advertising’s negative effects, which include invasive data collection and user manipulation through design choices.