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Ted Cruz Caves to Democrat Amy Klobuchar on Media Cartel Bill

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has caved to the Democrats on legislation that would allow media organizations to create formal cartels to negotiate with Big Tech companies, several congressional aides and others familiar with the process told Breitbart News on Wednesday.

If Cruz goes forward with his plans to back—and allow the senate to advance—the legislation, then he will immediately become one of the biggest enablers of the establishment media and Big Tech giants and he could seriously jeopardize his political future.

Cruz, who had previously jammed up a committee markup on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) a few weeks ago, has now decided to give Klobuchar what she wanted and allow the Democrat proposal to proceed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee to eventually be considered by the full U.S. Senate.

Several aides on both sides of the JCPA fight familiar with the matter told Breitbart News on Wednesday that Cruz caved to Klobuchar and has agreed to changes to language he offered in an amendment to allow the bill to advance. When questioned repeatedly about it on Wednesday, Cruz’s office did not deny these aides’ characterization.

Cruz himself has not replied to inquiries from Breitbart News sent over text directly to the senator. Several Cruz staffers have refused to answer whether he cut a deal with Klobuchar, and they have refused to make the senator available for an interview to explain himself.

A Cruz spokesperson would only provide, when asked detailed and serious questions about the possibility of a deal and what form the deal would take, a generic statement claiming that Cruz opposes censorship of conservatives–something that would be inherently untrue if he votes for or simply even just enables Senate consideration of this legislation.

“Sen. Cruz is a fierce defender of the First Amendment and free speech and he will always fight to prevent Americans from being censored or silenced,” the Cruz spokesperson told Breitbart News.

Despite Cruz’s office’s refusal to answer specific questions about this, the Senate Judiciary Committee is considering the JCPA again—for the third week in a row—on Thursday. Late Wednesday, the committee circulated a clarifying amendment that does exactly what the various committee aides told Breitbart News that Cruz had caved to Klobuchar on: Alters the original Cruz amendment text, and removes things that Klobuchar said she could not support.

The office of Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who had previously undercut the broader bill to back Cruz’s amendment three weeks ago in committee, confirmed that Cruz caved to Klobuchar on record to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Proponents of the JCPA—like Kennedy, and now Cruz—have falsely claimed it would help conservatives fight back against Big Tech. The legislation does no such thing as, among the serious structural problems, it has included no favored nations clause contained in it, which means that a group of media companies could get together on their own and negotiate a sweetheart deal with a big tech company but that deal would not apply to every media company.

Kennedy’s office said in a statement to that publication:

We have reached an agreement that clarifies what the bill was designed to do: give local news outlets a real seat at the negotiating table and bar the tech firms from throttling, filtering, suppressing or curating content. The only reason I can see for parties to oppose this bill is that they have a problem either with healthy market competition or free speech.

The original Cruz amendment a few weeks ago complicated efforts by bill proponents to get the proposal out of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The reason for that was, while Kennedy backed it—as did other GOP cosponsors of the JCPA—Democrats like Klobuchar were opposed to it. By happenstance, Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) was stranded in India infected with the coronavirus and had not designated a proxy vote for himself, so the Cruz amendment was adopted into the bill and GOP cosponsors like Kennedy and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC,) as well as supporter Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), had not been willing to vote for the bill without Cruz’s amendment. As such, a visibly angry Klobuchar withdrew her own bill—and she tried again last week to no avail. Now, thanks to Cruz’s cave, she is likely to succeed in committee when she tries again on Thursday morning.

57 Comments
  • horrible mistake! Has Teddy looked at the calender? The Demo Socialists are leaving office in huge numbers this November informally and formally in early January Why do a deal with the other side NOW? He could have waited AND IN JANUARY the republicans could have put their own plan together if they wanted too and pass it on THEIR TERMS..BUT NOT NOW!

  • Robin says:

    Ttump nailed it calling him LYIN TED

  • Jim says:

    The article complains that Cruise supports newspapers negotiating together against big tech which is censoring them! That sounds like freedom of association and less censorship to me!

  • John says:

    the only one reason why Ted Cruz would vote for this is because, THE DEMOCRAT COMMUNIST FASCIST N.W.O 3 LETTERED CORRUPTED GOVERNMENT AGENCIES OF THE ANTICHRIST DEMOCRAT ELITIST PARTY threatened him and his family with murdering them straight out without hesitation if he doesn’t comply, or if this doesn’t pan out to be true, then he would be a traitor and sold his soul to DEMOCRATS COMMUNISTS PARTY AGENDA FOR MONEY AND SELF PROTECTION, EITHER WAY HE HAS TO ANSWER TO WE THE PEOPLE SOON ENOUGH, ANTICHRIST DEMONRATS have no qualms about not hiding their intentions to kill white middle class Patriots & God loving Americans, even to the American peoples faces, in order to make more Plantation Slaves supporting their own destruction, standing resisting and fighting back and standing up for God is worth dying in the name of God, but it will also bring out the people who are fake god-loving poser cowards also who will seal their faith with evil, or the real God loving constitutional loving Brave men and women we have in this country, and in our population & our honorable part of government left if any, when they’re invaded by domestic terrorists and satanic murderers will either be prepared to take their lives in exchange to destroy these evil demons, or die a victim of a corrupted satanic communist government agenda,whenever God loving human beings are murdered for their beliefs, it’s time to start slaughtering any and all evil Antichrist threats to humanity by any means, and all this kind of treasonous anti-constitutional domestic terrorist behaviors happened in 1776, and it took this long for a evil greedy government to become tyrannical , demonic, & corrupted again ,looks like it has to be purged from evil once again, this now corrupted fake elected president and his demonic communist agencies of a corrupted anti-American GOV are Humanity HATING, DEMONIC PERVERTED CHILD MOLESTING DEMOCRATS HAVE ALREADY THREATENED THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION LOVING PEOPLE’S LIVES on FAKE NEWS MEDIA PLATFORMS, & SCOAILIST MEDIA, THEY THREATENED to illegally and unconstitutionally to falsely accuse, falsely incarcerate, & murder over 78 million people who won’t comply to an evil N.W.O agenda of their fraudulently elected corrupted satanic party, time to turn back their Democrat Antichrist demonic destruction of humanity & their GLOBAL U.N. & EU SOROS BACKED EURO TRASH AGENDA, PUSHING THEIR LONG PLANNED DESTRUCTION OF HUMANITY BY A FRAUDULENTLY ELECTED ANTICHRIST N.W.O USHERING IN A SATANIC ELITIST COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AGENDA.

  • JACK says:

    The America Citizens DO NOT
    negotiate WITH DEMOCRATS (DOMESTIC TERRORIST)

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