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


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 23, 2021 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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

Context

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 ...


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2147

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 23, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor

A BILL

To prohibit States and local educational agencies that ban books from receiving funds under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Guarding Readers Independence and Choice Act, or the GRINCH Act.

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Loss of eligibility for banning books

Subpart 1 of part A of title IV of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7111 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

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Limitation on eligibility

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of this subpart, except as provided in subsection (b), a State or local educational agency that has in place any law or policy that prohibits the availability of books or other written materials to students, teachers, or schools within such State or local educational agency based on a determination that such books or materials contain offensive or outdated language or images shall not be eligible to receive funds under this subpart.

(b)

Rule of construction

Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit a State or local educational agency from prohibiting the availability of books or other written materials that contain obscene or pornographic text or images or content that is harmful to minors.

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