Exclusive–Nancy Pelosi Joining Ted Cruz, Lawmakers Criticizing Big Tech Legal Immunity’s Inclusion in USMCA

Breitbart | 12/4/2019 | Staff
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has joined a growing list of lawmakers that have expressed concern over the United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s (USTR) inclusion of language protecting big tech companies’ content moderation legal immunity in the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

House Speaker Pelosi recently met with United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to discuss the final hurdles surrounding the passage of the USMCA.

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In her conversations with USTR Lighthizer, she criticized the USMCA’s inclusion of language that is even broader than Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

A source familiar with the meeting told Breitbart News, “Speaker Pelosi has expressed her concerns with the 230 language in USMCA and has raised those concerns with Lighthizer directly.”

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“There are concerns in the House about enshrining the increasingly controversial…liability shield in our trade agreements, particularly at a time when Congress is considering whether changes need to be made in U.S. law,” a spokesman for Speaker Pelosi told the Wall Street Journal.

Breitbart News’s Allum Bokhari has detailed that Article 19.17 in the USMCA grants social media companies even broader legal immunity to moderate, or in conservatives’ view, censor free speech on the Internet.

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Pelosi has joined a rising tide of Republicans and Democrats that have criticized Article 19.17’s inclusion in the USMCA.

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and other House conservatives such as Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) have voiced concerns since this May regarding the USMCA’s inclusion of Article 19.17.

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House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) and ranking member Greg Walden (R-OR) told Lighthizer in August that they found it “inappropriate” to include language that alters big tech companies’ legal immunity in the USMCA while “such serious policy discussions are ongoing.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), a staunch critic of big tech, sent a letter Lighthizer in November, urging him to remove Article 19.17 from the USMCA...
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