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H.R. 2147: Guarding Readers Independence and Choice Act

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One bill, two bill, red bill… actually, no Democrats have cosponsored it, so it’s just a red bill.


In March, the estate of children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss announced that they would voluntarily cease publication of six books from their catalog because of illustrations featuring racist stereotypes, particularly in depictions of black people and Asians. The two most famous of those six works are And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street and If I Ran the Zoo.

To be clear, those six books still exist. Millions of preexisting copies still circulate in many libraries, bookstores, and online outlets. Indeed, sales of those six books soared on Amazon after the discontinuation announcement. (Although other retailers including Barnes & Noble and eBay stopped selling them …

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John Joyce

Sponsor. Representative for Pennsylvania's 13th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Length: 2 pages
Mar 23, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Mar 23, 2021

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2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Mar 23, 2021

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H.R. 2147 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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