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House member wants anti-porn measure in appropriations bills

A North Carolina lawmaker this month appealed to the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to insert language in all future appropriations bills specifying that federal agency computer networks must block the viewing, downloading, and exchanging of pornography.

Rep. Walter B. Jones (R-N.C.) requested the measure in a March 17 letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers (R-Ky.).

According to Jones, the fiscal 2016 omnibus appropriations bill required some federal agencies to block the ability for employees to view porn, but failed to apply it to all federal agencies.

While Jones noted that the excluded agencies included the Agriculture and Defense departments and others—as well as the legislative branch—he pointed in particular to the exclusion of the Environmental Protection Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission and Department of Interior, all of which he said “have been the subject of high-profile media stories about their employees surfing porn at the office.”

“This is a well-documented, government-wide problem,” Jones said in a press release. “It’s time to put a stop to it.”

See the letter at: http://jones.house.gov/sites/jones.house.gov/files/3.17.16%20Pornography%20letter.pdf.

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