Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA 28), the member of Congress who wrote to the heads of Google and Facebook calling for the censorship of “medically inaccurate information about vaccines (that) surface on the websites where many Americans get their information,” has reintroduced a House Resolution making the claim, that, “there is no credible evidence demonstrating that vaccines cause life-threatening or disabling diseases in healthy children or adults;” (a claim repeated in the letters to Google and Facebook.) Schiff’s House Resolution (H. Res. 179), “Recognizing the importance of vaccinations and immunizations in the United States” was introduced last Wednesday, the same day as the “Vaccines Save Lives” US Senate hearing.
Schiff is willfully ignorant of the most basic facts about vaccines and vaccine policy. Every package insert for every vaccine in America contains information about the possible injuries the Federal government admits could occur to healthy adults and children. Schiff seems to be unaware of the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, the "vaccine court," that considers thousands of cases of vaccine injury every year and has paid out more than $4 billion in damages. One also has to wonder if Schiff is aware that the vaccine industry and pediatricians demanded, and received, complete liability protection from any injury caused by a vaccine?
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Oddly enough, Schiff, perhaps America’s leading advocate for online censorship, was a founder, along with then member of the House Mike Pence, of the Congressional Caucus for Freedom of the Press. Schiff also chairs the House Intelligence Committee, which held a hearing on Feb. 26. on “The Rise of Authoritarianism.” “The world has witnessed the steady ascendance of authoritarian leaders and illiberal governments in recent years, and the existential challenges these regimes and their underlying ideologies pose to liberal democracies demand our full attention,” Schiff said in a statement describing the hearing. The House has much more important things to do than waste time on factually incorrect resolutions drafted by a willfully ignorant hypocritical proponent of censorship.
House Resolutions, if passed, do not go to the Senate or the President for consideration and adoption as a law. They are statements of the consensus understanding and preferred policy positions of the members of the House of Representatives. Nonetheless, House Resolution 179 enshrines as preferred US House of Representatives policy demonstrably incorrect assertions that can and will be easily refuted by those who are better informed than Schiff, and who are aware and concerned about the growing number of documented vaccine injuries in the United States.
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