Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, warned of the threat to freedom of thought and expression posed by artificial intelligence surveillance in government during a hearing titled “Artificial Intelligence in Government.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul highlighted multiple examples of how federal agencies expand invasive surveillance programs with the use of AI and are using the technology to surveil and censor Americans’ protected speech.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

WHAT THEY ARE SAYING: Paul, Peters & Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Stakeholders and organizations are applauding U.S. Senators Rand Raul (R-KY), Gary Peters (D-MI), and James Lankford (R-OK) for introducing bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors. The senators serve on the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, where Paul and Peters are Ranking Member and Chairman respectively.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Paul, Peters, and Lankford Introduce Bipartisan Bill to Simplify Application Process for Federal Disaster Assistance

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Gary Peters (D-MI), Ranking Member and Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, and James Lankford (R-OK), introduced bipartisan legislation to simplify the application process for federal disaster recovery assistance. The legislation would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to establish a universal application across federal agencies for disaster survivors who are seeking federal assistance to recover from hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and more. Currently, individuals that seek federal aid to recover from a disaster must fill out separate and detailed applications depending on what agency they need help from – a process that can take weeks or even months. The senators’ legislation would significantly streamline this process to reduce the burden on disaster survivors.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Paul Highlights Need for Fiscal Responsibility at Hearing Examining Government Waste and Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, emphasized the importance of reducing government waste during a hearing titled “GAO’s 2023 High Risk List: Recommendations for Reducing Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul showcased examples of waste from his 2022 ‘Festivus’ Report, which identified over $482 billion dollars in government waste.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

ICYMI: Homeland Security Committee Republicans Press Mayorkas over Department Failures

WASHINGTON, D.C. – During yesterday’s hearing to consider the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) FY24 Budget, Republicans on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee pressed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over his Department’s dangerous abuses of power and policies that have caused an unprecedented surge in illegal crossings. Throughout the hearing, members asked critical questions on the various issues threatening our homeland and endangering communities across the country.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Senate Votes on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate voted on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment was considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Senate to Vote on Dr. Rand Paul’s Amendment to Protect Firefighters

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Senate will vote on U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) Support the Reinstatement of Trained and Effective Firefighters amendment which makes funding available to fire departments that terminated firefighters for refusing vaccination or voicing opposition to COVID-19 mandates only if they offer full reinstatement and backpay to those who lost their jobs. The amendment is being considered as part of S.870, the Fire Grants and Safety Act.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Paul Stresses Importance of Investigating COVID-19 Origins to DHS Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, delivered opening remarks during a hearing titled “The FY24 DHS Budget: Resources and Authorities Requested to Protect and Secure the Homeland.” During the hearing, Dr. Paul stressed to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, the Department’s continued refusal to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

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Dr. Rand Paul Fights to Protect Constitution, Opposes Senate Bill to Ban TikTok

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, spoke on the Senate floor to protect Americans’ First Amendment rights and oppose a Senate bill that would ban TikTok. Dr. Paul’s objection comes from a commitment to defend our Constitutional rights and prevent government censorship.

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Dr. Rand Paul Applauds Senate Repeal of 1991 and 2002 AUMFs, Calls for Repeal of 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded the Senate for voting to repeal the 1991 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Dr. Paul additionally called for the Senate to repeal the 2001 AUMF which would fully return war making powers to Congress.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Paul’s Bill to Prevent Duplicative Programs Advances in Committee 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, announced that his Duplication Scoring Act of 2023, a bill to cut wasteful duplicative spending and reduce the size of the federal government, was advanced by the Committee during today’s business meeting. The bill directs the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to analyze legislation reported by any congressional committee and report to Congress whether the legislation would create a duplicative program, office, or initiative. The Duplication Scoring Act will ensure that GAO prevents the passage of any fragmented, overlapping, or duplicative program.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Paul Stresses Need to Overhaul Government Classification Process and Increase Transparency 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, stressed the urgent need to fix the government’s classification processes at a committee hearing titled “Modernizing the Government’s Classification System.” The hearing examined the government’s excessive classification of documents and information over the last several decades.

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Dr. Paul Warns of Threat to Freedom of Thought and Expression Posed by Artificial Intelligence Surveillance in Government 

Dr. Rand Paul, Rep. Chip Roy Introduce NIH Reform Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator and physician Rand Paul (R-KY) and U.S. Representative Chip Roy. (R-TX-21) introduced the NIH Reform Act to eliminate Dr. Anthony Fauci’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and replace it with three separate national research institutes that would be led by directors subject to Senate confirmation and limited to no more than two 5-year terms.

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Dr. Rand Paul Continues Efforts to Return War Powers to Congress, Forces Senate Vote on Amendment to Repeal 2001 AUMF

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, continued his longtime efforts to return war making powers to Congress by forcing the Senate to vote on his amendment to repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF). The final vote tally was 9-86.

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