The House is set to vote on a plan to allow children to use the internet at home
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The House will take up legislation on Thursday that would allow children of legal age to use their laptops, tablets and other digital devices at home.
The measure, which is aimed at providing a much-needed tool for the millions of families who cannot afford to rent or buy an expensive home, was included in the House Budget Committee’s version of the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, which lawmakers have yet to finalize.
The legislation is being considered by the House Armed Services Committee.
But it’s likely to face a skeptical reception from conservatives who want to see more oversight over how technology is used by Americans.
Republicans who voted for the legislation say it would help children get through school and keep them in school when they’re no longer able to stay home.
“We want to make sure that young people can continue to have the educational experience they deserve to have,” Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., the chairman of the House Republican Conference, said in a statement Thursday.
Democrats have called the measure unconstitutional, arguing it is a backdoor way for the military to censor Americans’ use of technology.
The House vote comes as lawmakers and the military are working on a major defense policy overhaul that includes plans to modernize the way troops conduct operations, make changes to the way soldiers and the armed forces deploy to foreign countries and streamline the bureaucracy to streamline processes for transferring technology from one military branch to another.
President Donald Trump signed the National Defense Authorizations Act into law in June and the Defense Department is currently moving to finalizes the bill’s rules for the National Security Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump and his top aides have sought to move quickly to revamp the nation’s military in light of the ongoing battle against the Islamic State group and other terrorist groups.
The White House said earlier this month that the military needs to modernise and prepare to fight “the future threats of terrorism and cyber-attacks.”
In addition to the House bill, the Senate is expected to vote next week on legislation that would establish an Office of Science and Technology Policy that would oversee the Department of Defense’s efforts to modernizing and streamlining its bureaucracy.
The House will take up legislation on Thursday that would allow children of legal age to use their laptops, tablets…