A new measure passed in the Senate would ensure federal tax dollars don’t support the teaching of the so-called “critical race theory” in America’s schools.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Senate narrowly passed this week an amendment to Democrats’ $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill that would bar schools from putting federal money toward curriculum promoting the controversial theory.
As the Examiner notes, the measure “is nonbinding and cannot legally be enforced.” Still, its passing marks a clear win in one battle of a much broader war being waged by the GOP.
“Indoctrinating the youngest Americans”
Sen. Tom Cotton, an Arkansas Republican who has been an outspoken opponent of critical race theory, first introduced the amendment in the Senate on Tuesday.
The amendment was proposed as part of the massive $3.5 trillion tax and spending package that Democrats intend to ram through Congress.
“Our future depends on raising a generation of kids who love America and love each other as fellow citizens, no matter their race,” Cotton said in a statement on the move.
“But Critical Race Theory teaches that our country is irredeemably racist, that ‘equality’ is a sham, and that true justice requires treating everyone differently — based on the color of their skin,” the senator added. “Our tax dollars should never support indoctrinating the youngest Americans with such poison.”
The amendment follows legislation Cotton introduced in July, the Stop CRT Act, that would prohibit the use of federal funds to promote critical race theory in grade schools, as well as ban colleges and universities from compelling faculty and students to ascribe to its divisive teachings.
“Those teachings are wrong”
According to the New York Post, Cotton’s amendment passed in the Senate by a slim margin of 50–49. The vote came as part of a 15-hour “vote-a-rama” in the upper chamber that featured debate on numerous amendments to the budget reconciliation package.
Cotton, for his part, took to the Senate floor to deliver a brief speech in support of his amendment, which he said targets the “un-American ideology called critical race theory. They want to teach our children that America is not a good nation, but a racist nation,” Cotton claimed.
“Those teachings are wrong and our tax dollars should not support them,” the Republican added. “My amendment will ensure that federal funds aren’t used to indoctrinate children as young as pre-K to hate America.”
This evening the Senate PASSED my amendment to prevent federal funds from being used to promote Critical Race Theory in schools.
Our future depends on raising a generation of kids who love America. pic.twitter.com/rVLW6b8XiB
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) August 11, 2021