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GOP lawmakers introduce bill to strip teachers’ union of congressional charter


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FIRST ON FOX: Two Republican lawmakers introduce a bill to remove the National Education Association (NEA) of its congressional charter.

Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Wis., was joined by Republican Review Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks of Indiana to lead the National Educational Association charter repeal bill.

The NEA, one of the largest teachers’ unions in America, is the only chartered union in Congress. Fitzgerald told Fox News Digital that “the National Education Association has strayed from its original mission.”

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Rep. Scott Fitzgerald is one of the Republican lawmakers to introduce a bill to strip the National Education Association (NEA) of its charter from Congress.
(AP)

“Rather than supporting students, the NEA has always put the interests of progressive teachers’ unions ahead of student learning,” the Wisconsin Republican continued. “It’s time for Congress to say enough is enough and revoke the NEA’s federal charter.”

Fitzgerald has a strong record on labor and union law: He was the leader of the Wisconsin Senate during the cheese state’s right-to-work push.

Banks told Fox News Digital that he was “pleased to join” his RSC colleague on the legislation and that “there is no longer any daylight between the NEA agenda and the ‘radical left agenda’.

“Worst of all, the NEA strongly supports teaching 5-year-olds about adult sexual behavior,” Banks continued. “Their mission was education, now it’s the indoctrination and confrontation of American children with the values ​​of their parents.”

Rep. Jim Banks, center, and Rep. Jim Jordan swap places on the podium during a press conference at the Capitol on July 21, 2021.

Rep. Jim Banks, center, and Rep. Jim Jordan swap places on the podium during a press conference at the Capitol on July 21, 2021.
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

“Congress represents all Americans, and this bill will end the tacit support of Congress for an organization that now represents only narrow, partisan interests,” he added.

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Former Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a Republican and another key player in his state’s right to work push, applauded Fitzgerald for “leading the way” on legislation with Banks.

“National Education Association union bosses are standing in the way of ensuring access to a great education for every student,” Walker said. “Rep Scott Fitzgerald stood by me as we fought their efforts to intimidate Wisconsin officials.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 23, 2017.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 23, 2017.
(Reuters/Joshua Roberts)

“Now he’s leading the way to ensure that taxpayers don’t have to sanction the NEA’s radical agenda with a congressional charter,” the former governor added.

The NEA first received its federal charter in 1906 by an act of Congress. According to a one-page article obtained exclusively by Fox News Digital, several conservative groups support the legislation, including Heritage Action, the International Women’s Forum, Young America’s Foundation and the National Right to Work Committee.

Additionally, several prominent GOP lawmakers signed the bill, including Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Mark Green of Tennessee, and Kat Cammack of Florida.

The NEA and other teachers’ unions have come under scrutiny from conservatives amid revelations that the groups have their hands on executive branch policies, with recent revelations showing that the NEA has spent more on supporting Democratic Party causes than on its own members.

According to data compiled by Americans for Fair Treatment, 17.6% of NEA expenditures went to political and lobbying activities, with only 8.6% to representational activities. Political activities also accounted for more expenses than benefits, which accounted for 15.1% of the organization’s expenses.

The lawmakers’ bill also coincides with Banks and several other RSC members pledging last week to oppose renewal of Disney’s copyright extensions amid the Mouse House media maelstrom. to oppose the Florida Parental Rights in Education Bill.

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Banks led the letter to Disney CEO Bob Chapek last week, which cites Mouse House’s ties to China and the company’s “political and sexual agenda” as reason for opposing an extension of the copyright.

Like Disney, the nea jumped on the “Don’t Say Gay” train, joining other liberal organizations by opposing the bill recently signed into law by Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

Fox News Digital’s Matteo Cina and Ronn Blitzer contributed reporting.


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