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House panel votes to ban federal workers from watching porn on the job

The legislation follows reports that federal employees have been watching 'copious' amounts of porn.


Andrew Couts


Posted on Mar 10, 2017   Updated on May 24, 2021, 9:08 pm CDT

The House Oversight Committee on Friday approved legislation that would ban federal employees from viewing pornography at work.

The bill requires the director of the Office of Budget and Management to craft new guidelines that would ban the viewing of “a pornographic or other explicit website” on federal computers.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) introduced the legislation following an investigation by the News4 I-Team, which, as News4 described it, discovered that nearly 100 federal employees “admitted to or been caught viewing copious amounts of pornography while on the job in the past five years.”

“This is not only disturbing, but it creates an unhealthy work environment that must be addressed,” Meadows said during the committee hearing.

Meadows has introduced similar legislation since at least 2014. He was elected to Congress in 2013.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), while commenting that federal employees are already barred from viewing pornography at work, expressed astonishment at the voracious porn appetites revealed by the News4 investigation.

“Somebody looking at porn six hours a day—I don’t even know how you do that,” he said.

H/T Time

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*First Published: Mar 10, 2017, 3:22 pm CST