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Lankford, Cotton Want to Put a Stop to CRT in Classrooms and in Our Military

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) to introduce the Stop CRT Act and the Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act. The Stop CRT Act would prevent federal funding from going to schools that teach Critical Race Theory. The Combatting Racist Training in the Military Act would prevent similar woke ideology from being taught in any Department of Defense institution, including service academies. Congressman Dan Bishop (NC-08) introduced companion legislation in the House.

“Our military should focus on preserving our national security, not leftist propaganda. The United States military is the best trained, most diverse, and most moral fighting force in the world. It should not be in the business of promoting ‘woke’ culture. This has to stop,” said Lankford.

“Radical activism should have no place in our military’s training. American soldiers should learn how to kill our enemies, not anti-American ideology. This legislation will prevent Department of Defense bureaucrats from teaching woke ideology,” said Cotton.

Lankford remains a strong school-choice and parental rights advocate that puts parents at the helm of their kids’ education. He urged the Department of Education to reconsider proposed rules redefining the Charter School Program, and supported a resolution of disapproval of the rules. He stood firmly for parental rights and school choice when he called for the Senate to immediately pass his resolution to support parents having the freedom to choose the best educational environment for their kids and remain in control of whether or not they want their children exposed to “woke” ideologies at school, including Critical Race Theory and others. Democrats blocked the Senate from unanimously standing up for American parents.

Meanwhile, as Russian aggression, Chinese belligerence, and other threats jeopardize international stability, the Biden Administration devotes valuable taxpayer funding and resources to woke diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within the Department of Defense (DOD) As part of this effort, the administration has created a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) position within the DOD. Lankford introduced the Restoring Military Focus Act to eliminate the position of CDO and prohibit federal funds from being used to establish any similar office.