Sen. John KerryJohn KerryDepleted Dems look to Senate for 2020 nominee Voters want to drain the swamp? They can start with Louisiana GOP As Congress adjusts to Trump, Iran put under the pressure it deserves MORE (D-Mass.) is calling on Congress to ban the Department of Defense (DoD) from using tax money to fund "propaganda."

Kerry, along with fellow Democratic Sens. Byron Dorgan (N.D.), Bob MenendezRobert MenendezThe right person for State Department is Rudy Giuliani Warren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal MORE (N.Y.), and Frank Lautenberg (N.Y.), is planning to introduce a companion bill to House legislation instituting such a ban, Kerry's office said today. The House version, introduced by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), was included in the 2009 Defense authorization bill.

The bill defines propaganda as "any form of communication in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of the people of the United States in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly."

Prompted by the influential New York Times story, in April Kerry called for a Government Accountability Office investigation into the Pentagon's placement of military analysts on U.S. news networks leading up to the Iraq war.