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H.R. 1445: American Heritage Protection Act of 2021

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About the bill

It’s the first bill ever introduced by Alabama’s freshman Rep. Jerry Carl.


In recent years, amid a national reckoning on race in America, numerous statues of former Confederate leaders came down, as structures from schools to military bases were also renamed. Others warned that the movement was a slippery slope.

“George Washington was a slaveowner, so will George Washington now lose his status? Are we going to take down statues to George Washington? How about Thomas Jefferson, because he was a major slave owner?” former President Donald Trump asked rhetorically in 2017. “You’re changing history. You’re changing culture.”

A new bill in Congress would prevent many of the national capital’s most prominent landmarks, including ones dedicated to Washington and Jefferson, from being renamed or physically altered.

What the bill …

Sponsor and status

Jerry Carl Jr.

Sponsor. Representative for Alabama's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 1, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 1, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 1, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on March 1, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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13 Cosponsors (13 Republicans)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 1, 2021

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H.R. 1445 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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