The GOP told AOC to pound sand after she had a meltdown on the floor of the House and passed the Parents Bill of Rights Act in a 213-208 vote. No Democrats voted in favor of the bill. A
The Parents Bill of Rights was championed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and GOP conference chairwoman Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY). It will require public schools to disclose all curricula, reading lists, library books, and budget costs, as well as force administrators and teachers to seek parents’ consent before changing a child’s gender status.
AOC said: “This Republican bill is asking the government to force the outing of LGBT people before they are ready. When we talk about progressive values, I can say what my progressive value is, and that is freedom over fascism.”
Rep. Julia Letlow (R-La.) said:
“This bill is not complex or complicated. Nor should it be partisan or polarizing and contrary to what you may hear from my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, it is not an attack on our hard-working teachers, who will always be the heroes in my eyes.”
“Parents are the primary stakeholders in their child’s education, and House Republicans are working to protect their right to know what is going on inside their child’s classroom.
House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) said:
“Extreme MAGA Republicans don’t want the children of America to learn about the Holocaust,” referencing efforts by a local school board in Tennessee that had removed the graphic novel “Maus” from one of its reading lists.
“They want to ban books, they want to bully the LGBTQ+ community, they want to bring guns into classrooms, kindergarten and above. That’s their educational agenda.
“They want to ban a book called ‘Melissa,’ a book describing, in very personal terms, the experience of a trans girl beginning to understand her identity,” he said.
AOC says that the Republican Parents Rights bill is "fascism" pic.twitter.com/G83ApGDZi9
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) March 23, 2023
Republicans say they oppose government overreach. But, they're the ones passing bills that ban books in our libraries. Even the 'Life of Rosa Parks' is too woke for Republicans. pic.twitter.com/Lrrkonn4Dd
— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@RepAOC) March 23, 2023