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Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released the following statement after the Senate voted to override President Trump’s veto of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395).

“I was among the first people in Washington to suggest that we remove blanket immunity for Big Tech companies and I was already planning to file a bill early in the new Congress to do that,” Rubio said. “But if this bill doesn’t become law our men and women in the military won't get their pay raise, a new program to take on China won’t begin, and the rebuilding of Tyndall Air Force Base in Northwest Florida will be delayed. We don’t have to let these important priorities die in order to deal with Big Tech. We should let this become law and then move to deal with the outdated and undeserved special treatment social media companies receive.”

Earlier this week, Rubio announced he would introduce legislation to maintain Section 230 protections for small businesses and companies that protect free speech, but remove the blanket immunity for Big Tech companies that engage in certain moderation, selective distribution, or content development activities.

In June 2020, Rubio, along with Senators Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), and Josh Hawley (R-MO), requested that the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) take a fresh look at Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act and clearly define the criteria for which companies can receive protections under the statute.

Later that month, Rubio and Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), along with Senators Mike Braun (R-IN), Tom Cotton (R-AR), and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA), introduced the Limiting Section 230 Immunity to Good Samaritans Act, which would prohibit Big Tech companies from receiving Section 230 immunity unless they update their terms of service to operate under a clear good faith standard and pay a $5,000 fine if they violate those terms.

After the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021 (H.R. 6395) earlier this month, Rubio released a list of critical policy victories for Florida and the nation:


RUBIO VOTA PARA APOYAR A LAS TROPAS, PRESENTARÁ REFORMAS A LA SEC. 230 

Washington, DC - El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) emitió el siguiente comunicado después que el senado votara para anular el veto del presidente Trump a la Ley de Autorización de Defensa Nacional (NDAA, por sus siglas en inglés) para el año fiscal 2021 (HR 6395).

“Fui de las primeras personas en Washington en sugerir que elimináramos la inmunidad general para las empresas de Big Tech y ya estaba planeando presentar un proyecto de ley al principio del nuevo Congreso para hacerlo”, Rubio dijo. “Pero si este proyecto de ley no se convierte en ley, nuestros hombres y mujeres en el ejército no obtendrán un aumento de sueldo, no comenzará un nuevo programa para enfrentar a China, y la reconstrucción de la Base de la Fuerza Aérea de Tyndall en el noroeste de la Florida será retrasado. No tenemos que dejar morir estas importantes prioridades para tratar con Big Tech. Deberíamos permitir que esta legislación se convierta en ley y luego actuar para lidiar con el tratamiento especial, el cual está desactualizado y es inmerecido, a las empresas de redes sociales".