Did Congress just warn of a zombie attack? No, that video is fake, and satirical – PolitiFact

"Do your own research," suggests a recent Facebook post that shares what looks like a news clip of a man identified as "Rep. John Haller," a Republican from Pennsylvania, introducing a bill to be voted on in Congress.

"Congress shall now vote for approval of H.R. 8791, the Homeland Terrorism Preparedness Bill. Said bill requests emergency response funding up to and including Im sorry this section is classified," Haller says in the video.

He then reads several more classified sections, saying the money is to prepare for a "national terrorism attack and/or attack from classified" and refers to "flesh-eating," though what is flesh-eating is, of course, "classified."

An animated zombie emoji in the post points to possible attackers.

"CLASSIFIED," reads text flanking the video. "Wait .. what are they voting for? Research FEMA camps."

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Lets do some research.

First, John Haller isnt a real congressman from Pennsylvania. Searching for that name turns up references to this video, but nothing connecting him to the U.S. Congress.

There was a Republican named Harold Smith Haller in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, but hes been dead since 1964 and didnt serve in Congress. Libertarian Henry Haller ran for Pennsylvania lieutenant governor in 2014, but theres no record of him being in Congress, either.

Second, H.R. 8791, also known as the Department of Homeland Security Reform Act of 2020, was a bill introduced by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., in November of that year to change the structure of the federal agency, such as modifying the responsibilities of the officer for civil rights and civil liberties. The measure, which had 19 co-sponsors, didnt pertain to flesh-eating zombies.

Third, although the clip in the post resembles a C-SPAN broadcast, theres an onion in place of the C in the logo. Thats because this video originated on the satirical website The Onion in 2007.

"Proposed (Classified) Bill Will Defend Against Flesh-Eating (Classified)," the headline on the Onion story says.

We rate claims that this is real footage of Congress Pants on Fire!

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Did Congress just warn of a zombie attack? No, that video is fake, and satirical - PolitiFact

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