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


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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

Context

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 ...


I

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1445

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 1, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To prohibit the Secretary of the Interior from changing the names of certain memorials or move any statues related to certain wars, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Heritage Protection Act of 2021.

2.

Prohibition on changing names and moving statues

The Secretary of the Interior shall not—

(1)

change the name of or alter in any way—

(A)

the Lincoln Memorial;

(B)

the Jefferson Memorial;

(C)

the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial;

(D)

the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial;

(E)

the Theodore Roosevelt Island; or

(F)

the Washington Monument; or

(2)

move, or alter in any way, any statue located on Federal land related to—

(A)

the War of 1812;

(B)

the Civil War; or

(C)

the Revolutionary War.