WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) today issued the following statement on the Online Freedom of Speech Act (H.R. 1606) and the new rule recently issued by the Federal Election Commission (FEC):
- “Both Rep. Jeb Hensarling and House Administration Committee Chairman Vernon Ehlers deserve great credit for bringing the issue of online freedom of speech to the forefront of public debate and for spurring the FEC to take what appears to be a hands-off approach to the Internet.
“The recent action by the FEC, leaving virtually all political activity on the Internet free of regulation, ensures that those engaging in politics online can continue to do so safe in the knowledge that they will not run afoul of our campaign finance laws. In light of this good faith effort by the FEC, and after discussions with the bill’s sponsor, we have postponed floor action on the bill at this time.
“The House will closely monitor the implementation of the new rule to ensure it protects bloggers and others engaging in politics online. If the new rule does not offer the appropriate protection, of if there are efforts to expand its regulatory scope, the House will resume plans to consider the Hensarling bill in order to guarantee freedom of speech on the Internet.”