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Jun 26, 2021

WASHINGTON—The Republican Study Committee is pressuring governors to fulfill the request made by Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and send extra law-enforcement resources to the southern border.

On June 10, the Texas and Arizona governors issued a joint letter to the other 48 governors urging them to use the authority given to them under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact and share resources to assist during the ongoing border crisis.

Members of the RSC, the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill, are answering the call for help by urging their home state governors to fulfill the governors’ request.

RSC members representing 12 separate delegations sent 12 letters similarly worded letters to the governors of Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin. Three the letters addressed to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp thanked them for already sending resources to the border.

This effort was organized ahead of the Republican Study Committee’s upcoming trip with former President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Abbott to tour the Texas border.

Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Jim Banks (R-IN) said: “Since the Biden administration won’t act, it’s up to Republicans and state leaders to secure our border and keep our nation safe. Every state is a border state. By that I mean every state is feeling the consequences of the border crisis. That’s why the Republican Study Committee is coordinating a pressure campaign on state governors across the U.S. to make sure we’re getting those on the frontlines the resources they need to stop the flow of illegal crossers and illegal drugs.”

Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC) said: “The Biden Administration’s facilitation and ignorance of the border crisis has gone on for too long. In the administration’s absence, state governments are stepping up to protect America’s sovereignty. The crisis at the border doesn’t just impact border communities, it affects the rest of the country, and we cannot stand idly by while President Biden does nothing to protect our communities.”

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-SC) said: “The situation along our border is unconceivable. This Administration has continued to drag their feet and not provide the necessary resources to stop the increased illegal immigration . I have seen the obstacles our border patrol agents face. Right now, they need all the help they can get. I want to applaud Governor McMaster for being one of the first governors in the country to send resources to our southern border. I would now ask that other states make the same consideration. We will not be able to solve this national crisis until border states and more specifically, border patrol agents, have our full support.”

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA) said: “The Biden Administration created the worst border crisis in our nation's history by stopping border wall construction, reimplementing Obama-era ‘catch and release’ policies, and canceling President Trump’s asylum agreements. Alarmingly, border control seizures of fentanyl, a deadly synthetic opioid fueling overdose deaths in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, have increased 300% compared to May 2020. Since the Biden Administration will not protect Americans or the suffering migrant children from this humanitarian, public health, and national security crisis, Pennsylvania and other states must take action to secure our southern border. That’s why I led this letter calling on Governor Wolf to provide law enforcement resources to end the Biden Border Crisis.”

Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) said: “Wisconsin should help where we can because every state is now a border state. Having traveled to our southern border multiple times I have seen Biden’s Border Crisis firsthand, it is past time to end this unprecedented invasion.”

Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI) said: “There is a real crisis at the southern border and President Biden’s inaction is a recipe for continued chaos. Since the President refuses to take necessary action, it is up to individual states to step up and provide assistance to those on the front lines. Michigan has a long, proud history of helping other states in need, and as such we are urging Governor Whitmer to answer Texas and Arizona’s call for help and do our part as a state to address this growing humanitarian and security crisis that impacts us all.”

Apr 28, 2021

 WASHINGTON – Today, Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) slammed the spending spree Democrats are calling the “American Families Plan:”

“The so-called ‘American Families Plan’ is yet another trillion dollar-plus scheme cooked up by the White House to please Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her liberal friends on Capitol Hill that will do the opposite of what it’s purported to do, which is help working families. Instead, like the rest of the Democrat agenda, it will introduce socialism, kill jobs and radically change America.

“This plan would make American families more dependent on Democrats for handouts than ever. And we’ve seen in Biden’s first 100 days that Democrats do not dole out government benefits equally. Rather, they are given to AOC’s pet progressive projects first and American families last.

“This is yet another example of Joe Biden saying one thing and doing another. This plan to pay for his leftwing agenda will be placed squarely on the backs of working men and women.

“If we really want to help working class families, we should reopen the economy now and let Americans work, get kids back to school, stop the Chinese from undermining our economy and end the border crisis.”

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Apr 14, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, the RSC announced that the RSC Steering Committee took an official position opposing the Biden immigration agenda and put forth a conservative immigration framework. The framework will help conservatives explain how Biden policies have created the current crisis and how the conservative position on immigration would fix it.

The steering committee statement is being released after eight members of the Republican Study Committee, led by RSC Chairman Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) and Rep. Tony Gonzales (TX-23), visited the southern border last week to see the crisis firsthand.

Upon returning from the trip, Chairman Banks put together a memo explaining what the group saw and included recommendations for fixing it.

The RSC Steering Committee statement follows the memo’s recommendations:

“In a matter of months, the Biden administration created a full-blown crisis on our southern border. Biden’s immigration agenda places the interests of the American People behind the interests of illegal aliens, criminal cartels, and ultra-wealthy multinational corporations by rejecting responsible limits or controls on the number of people entering the country, even during a global pandemic. The RSC Steering Committee opposes Biden’s open borders agenda and will work to block all efforts to achieve it, including by rejecting requests for funding that would facilitate any aspect of it.

“By contrast, we believe U.S. immigration policy should be designed to primarily serve the interest of American citizens, families, and workers. We embrace these principles:

  • Immigration policy should protect our national security by protecting the American people from terrorism, cartels, and other threats to their safety;
  • Immigration policy should prioritize American workers, help grow our middle class, raise wages, and enhance economic opportunity for all lawful residents;
  • Immigration policy should respect the rule of law, along with immigrants that honor our legal immigration processes, rather than incentivize law breaking;
  • Immigration policy should aim to assimilate legal immigrants into the American family so they too can take pride in our values, history, and heritage.

“An immigration policy that embraces these principles would lead to a safer, more secure, more prosperous, and more united country.”

 

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Apr 9, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) has returned from co-leading a congressional delegation of eight RSC members with Rep. Tony Gonzales (TX-23) on a tour of the southern border. They made various stops within Rep. Gonzales’s district, including the Eagle Pass DHS detention facility and sites along the Del Rio border sector. 

“It’s important our leaders listen to those on the ground most affected by border policies. When we did that, we learned that the policies President Trump put in place were putting us on the right path, but the policies of the Biden administration have created a crisis on our border,” said Banks. 

Banks continued: “That’s why we’re leaving this trip and calling on the President and Vice President to come down and see for themselves how their policies are hurting people!”

Rep. Banks and Rep. Gonzales were joined by Rep. Kelly Armstrong (ND-AL), Kevin Hern (OK-01), Ashley Hinson (IA-01), Chris Jacobs (NY-27), Lloyd Smucker (PA-11) and Victoria Spartz (IN-05).

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Apr 9, 2021

WASHINGTON – Today, the Chairman of the Republican Study Committee Rep. Jim Banks released the following statement reacting to President Biden’s $1.5 trillion request in discretionary funding for FY2022:

“Joe Biden must live in an alternate reality where it’s sane to increase annual spending by hundreds of billions of dollars to fund Green New Deal priorities, promote abortions, bow to the China-compromised World Health Organization, infringe on Second Amendment rights, and support illegal immigration during a border crisis while cutting funds needed to defend our nation against malign aggressors in the Middle East, the Putin regime, and critically an increasingly dangerous Communist China. Let’s not forget that his socialist agenda will ultimately be paid for with tax hikes that will kill jobs, investment, and the savings of everyday Americans.”

 

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Mar 22, 2021

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Chairman Jim Banks and 8 RSC members introduced the Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act. The bill would remove Section 230’s liability protections from Big Tech platforms when they knowingly share illegal and harmful content.

 

Said RSC Chairman Rep. Jim Banks: “Tyranny means knowingly breaking the law without fear of legal repercussions. No wonder Big Tech feels empowered to ban the President of the United States, supposedly to protect their users, while turning a blind eye to child pornography. Section 230 has placed them outside and above the law. It’s past time for Congress to roll back Section 230’s most egregious and expansive special legal protections. Republican Study’s bill is a good place to start.”

Said Rep. Andy Barr: “Social media companies have long been able to hide behind a misinterpretation of Section 230 that enables them to knowingly share illicit content on their platforms without liability. The Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act ensures that when social media companies know of the harmful and illegal content that is shared on their platform, they can be held liable.”

Said Rep. Brian Babin: “For too long, Big Tech has been allowed to break our laws with zero consequences. Congress must act now to roll back Section 230, so that these platforms are finally held accountable for their actions. This bill is a much-needed first step.”

Said Rep. Dan Bishop: “Big Tech has monopolized free speech markets, hand picking who can exercise First Amendment rights while ignoring egregious content for personal gain. Our laws must prioritize preserving Americans’ right to Free Speech. When an institution or organization wields the power to censor duly elected officials and cancel individuals without recourse, there is a problem. I am proud to join this effort and am grateful to Rep. Jim Banks for leading this bill.”

Said Rep. Bob Gibbs: “Big tech and social media have been hiding behind Section 230 of the CDA to justify the censorship of law-abiding Americans in the name of protecting the public, while at the same time protecting illegal and illicit activities on their platforms like child pornography and racial discrimination. The Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act makes it clear that if a platform knowingly shares illegal content, they will face the necessary consequences as a distributor of content and can no longer rely on the protections of Section 230.”

 

Said Rep. Guy Reschenthaler: “Big Tech companies are blatantly abusing Section 230 legal protections, not just to censor individuals or content, but to make themselves invincible from knowingly distributing illegal content such as child pornography. Twitter did not take down a child pornography video even after the victim notified them. I am appalled that Twitter has no problem with censoring conservative posts and removing individuals, including the President of the United States, but fails to remove child pornography. I am proud to join my Republican colleagues to take action and stop Big Tech’s dangerous and harmful overreach by introducing the Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act.”

RSC released a memorandum in January about reforming Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

 

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has criticized lower courts’ broad interpretation of Section 230 that extended its legal shield to platforms that knowingly sharing illegal content.

 

Read the bill text HERE and find a one-pager HERE.

 

Original Cosponsors:

Rep. Tom Tiffany (WI-07)

Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (PA-14)

Rep. Andy Barr (KY-06)

Rep. Ralph Norman (SC-05)

Rep. Randy Weber (TX-14)

Rep. Dan Bishop (NC-9)

Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36)

Rep. Bob Gibbs (OH-7)

 

The Stop Shielding Culpable Platforms Act is endorsed by the American Principles Project and received a statement of support from the Internet Accountability Project.

 

APP President Terry Schilling said: "The federal government shouldn't be preventing victims of sexual exploitation from suing their exploiters. But under Section 230, online platforms that knowingly allow illicit content or engage in illegal activity are granted immunity from civil liability. This is a terrible wrong that must be corrected. We applaud RSC Chairman Banks for taking the lead on this important issue. Any Section 230 reform passed into law should include language that would give victims of sexual exploitation the right to their day in court."

 

Internet Accountability Project President Mike Davis said: “IAP applauds Chairman Banks for his leadership in holding Big Tech accountable, and we look forward to working with him as this important legislation works its way through Congress.”

Feb 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – The Republican Study Committee Steering Committee met and adopted an official position to oppose Democrats’ plan to pass a party-line COVID relief bill. After they adopted that position, they released the following statement:

“The Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus on Capitol Hill, opposes Democrats’ push for a liberal wish list that they are calling a ‘COVID-relief package.’ At a time when we should be creating jobs, growing the economy, and reopening schools, this package will kill jobs and critically enlarge the national debt even further—not to mention there is currently over $1 trillion in unspent relief money available from previous congressional action.”

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