(USA Features) House Republicans will seek to amend the 2021 defense authorization bill with a provision banning the inclusion of critical race theory curriculum from military materials and training.
The effort comes as Republicans and some current service members claim the Marxist-leaning curriculum is beginning to permeate military education and training directives.
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“My Republican colleagues and I hear regularly from active duty and retired service members that even holding conservative values is now enough to endanger a service member’s military career,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Ala., the ranking Republican member on the House Armed Services Committee.
He noted in a statement that the issue must be addressed in the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill that nearly always garners bipartisan support, adding that he will work with “any free-speech-minded Democrats interested in joining our cause.”
In the Senate, meanwhile, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., and a combat infantry officer veteran, hinted that Republicans may have to stall the NDAA in order to ensure that CRT curriculum remains out of military materials.
The left-wing curriculum argues that the U.S. is systemically and hopelessly racist and that there is a power struggle between white “oppressors” and “oppressed” persons of color.
Holding up funding “may be a step we have to take … but I wouldn’t say that we can’t get that passed either,” Cotton told Fox News this week. “Remember, the defense bill passes every year. It has passed every year for 60 years.”
“We have an open amendment process in the committee and on the floor,” he added. “I think there may be one or two Democrats who don’t think that we should be teaching our troops that the most important thing about them is the color of their skin rather than their ability to help save the lives of the men and women to the right and to their left.”