Senator Ernst is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced the No Funds for Enablers of Adversarial Propaganda Act. This bill would deny federal funds to any individual or entity if it has an agreement, partnership, or advertising relationship with TikTok. The legislation comes at a time when airports, train stations, universities, and other government-funded entities partner with TikTok, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) propaganda machine.
“Make no mistake – TikTok is an insidious platform weaponized by the Chinese Communist Party to snoop on Americans and negatively influence our children. This bill rightfully ensures that American taxpayers aren’t forced to foot the bill for ads that bolster the CCP’s toxic platform. I’ll always fight to protect taxpayer dollars and our national security,” said Senator Ernst.
“Chinese-owned TikTok is a threat, but some entities, including our nation’s airports, are still willing to accept advertising dollars from the company. They are either naive, greedy, or both. Regardless, they shouldn’t receive taxpayer dollars if they are going to accept money from or partner with TikTok. These companies need to stop enabling Chinese Communist Party propaganda and espionage efforts,” said Senator Rubio.
In February, after pressure from Senate Republicans, the Biden administration finally banned the use of TikTok on government devices, giving agencies 30 days to delete the dangerous app.