House Democrats on Tuesday blocked consideration of Rep. Burgess Owens’ legislation, the Say No To Indoctrination Act, which would have prevented taxpayer money from funding critical race theory in America’s schools and military.
The bill, H.R. 4698, would prohibit federal funds from advancing concepts that “separate individuals based on race, color,” “assign characteristics or assumptions to individuals based on race, color, or national origin,” or “state or imply that the United States is an inherently racist country.”
House Democrats shot down this proposed bill and blocked its consideration by a vote of 217-201, despite public opinion polls showing Democrats are rapidly losing ground on the controversial issue. One Rasmussen Report found that 78 percent of likely U.S. voters believe it’s “at least somewhat important for schools to teach the traditional values of Western Civilization,” with a majority believing it is very important.
Several Republican House members spoke up on behalf of the majority of Americans who oppose critical race theory, with Owens, R-Ohio, remarking, “The American people are right in their distrust,” and condemning the Democrats.
“In the span of a few weeks, Democrats have gone from claiming that CRT was only a myth to boldly embracing it,” Owens said. “They’ve gone from dismissing parental objections to endorsing indoctrination in schools across the country.”
🚨 217 House Democrats BLOCKED consideration of @RepBurgessOwens' Say No to Indoctrination Act
This bill would prohibit taxpayer funding of Critical Race Theory in our schools and the military
WATCH Rep. Owens' speech on the House Floor ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/wp96uMTYC0
— Chad Gilmartin (@ChadGilmartinCA) July 27, 2021
Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., blasted the theory as “un-American” and highlighted the racially divisive nature of the theory, saying that critical race theory “assumes that to be born white is to be born guilty and it’s to be born racist, and to be born black is to be born oppressed or to be born a victim,” while adding that “the vast majority of Americans disavow and reject it.”
FLOOR ALERT: @HouseDemocrats just blocked @HouseGOP requests to stop indoctrination of America's youth in classrooms with controversial & damaging ideology taught by critical race theory. @TomColeOK04 @RepBurgessOwens @RepNancyMace @RepDanBishop pic.twitter.com/27Htxzn794
— House Rules Republicans (@RulesReps) July 27, 2021
Rep. Dan Bishop, R-N.C., also condemned the theory as “Neo-Marxian” and noted it “seems to be everywhere: in media, in the workplace, in our armed services, in health care, in churches, and yes, in classrooms where our schoolchildren are taught.”
“The U.S. Congress [must] catch up with the moms and dads confronting school boards across the country,” Bishop declared.