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House Committee Passes Bill Banning Federal Employees from Watching Porn at Work

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today passed a bill that would prohibit federal employees from watching or accessing pornographic material on government devices, because apparently that wasn’t already the policy.

The Eliminating Pornography from Agencies Act was proposed by Republican Mark Meadows after a report last year about an official at the Environmental Protection Agency who spent up to six hours a day looking at porn. On our tax dollars. And he didn’t just look at porn, but he saved pornographic material on a government server that colleagues had access to.

As of now, that particular government individual has not been fired, just placed on leave. Meadows pushed a bill previously to prohibit this entirely but it didn’t pass, so he tried again.

After it passed committee today, he released a statement talking about how disturbingly widespread this is:

Over the last several months it has become far too obvious that the type of behavior that was first highlighted at the EPA has been discovered over and over again, across a host of agencies. To ignore this issue would not only condone an abuse of taxpayers’ dollars, but also embrace an unhealthy workplace. Today’s action should send a clear message that it is time for zero tolerance of this kind of behavior.

Give him some credit: there is at least one politician dead-set on eliminating the pork.

[h/t Washington Examiner]
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