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 March 26, 2023

House Republicans pass Parents Rights Bill

The Daily Wire reports that Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have managed to pass a piece of legislation that is being referred to as the "Parents Bill of Rights." 

The legislation - also known as H.R. 5 - passed through the House, which after the 2022 midterm elections is led by Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), on Friday.

The measure passed by a vote of 213 to 208.

Five House Republicans opposed the bill. They are U.S. Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Ken Buck (R-CO), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Mike Lawler (R-NY), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT).

These five Republicans joined their Democratic House colleagues who all voted against the bill.

H.R. 5 can be read in its entirety here. It state's directly at the outset that its purpose is "to ensure the rights of parents are honored and protected in the Nation's public schools."

Accordingly, the bill places itself in opposition to many Democrats, who, on the contrary, push measures that take away parents' rights, with regard to their children, and put those rights in the hands of someone else - usually, school officials and the government.

The bill has many aspects to it. ABC News reports:

. . . H.R. 5 has five core principles: Parents have the right to know what their children are being taught, to be heard, to see the school budget and spending, to protect their children's privacy and to keep their children safe.

McCarthy celebrated the passage of the bill as "a win." He said:

Today was a win for every mother, every father, but most importantly, for every student in America. You have a Parents’ Bill of Rights now, but unfortunately the Democrats are too extreme to believe that parents should have a say.

As the House vote would suggest, though, not everyone sees the legislation this way.

Many Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claimed that the bill is "fascism." It, however, is not clear how allowing parents the right, for example, to review the school's curriculum amounts to "fascism."

The House Republicans who opposed the bill did so, for the most part, because, according to The Hill, they were concerned "about the federal government involving itself with local school districts." This, according to the five Republicans, stands against the U.S.'s "bedrock" principle of federalism.

To some degree, one could say that this is all moot since the Democrats control the U.S. Senate, and thus, the bill will not make it through the upper chamber. That being said, it will force politicians to go on the record as being against "parents' rights."

It is hard to believe that this would be a popular position among anyone except school unions and the Democrats whom they support.

Written By:
Robert Ayers

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