During the summer of 2021, Chairman Jim Banks sent a memo to members of the Republican Study Committee encouraging them to "lean into the culture war." For the full memo, click here.
The head of Congress' largest conservative caucus sent a memo titled “Lean into the culture war” to its Republican members, encouraging them to embrace anti-critical race theory rhetoric https://t.co/ehDIWJjrX3— POLITICO (@politico) June 24, 2021
“Our party leaders for too long preached that we shouldn’t be involved in cultural fights,” he said in a Thursday phone interview with The Daily Signal. “I can remember Republican leaders at the state and national level, throughout the early 2000s, they stressed that these issues weren’t important, that Republicans should shy away from that.”
“That’s a different Republican Party than the Republican Party that we have today,” he added.
The Indiana congressman credited President Donald Trump with giving the Republican Party the vigor to fight back against attacks on American culture and family.
SAVE GIRLS SPORTS
- “The Republican Study Committee formally endorses H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, introduced by Rep. Greg Steube, to bar schools that accept federal funds from letting biological males compete against biological females in athletic events designated for women or girls,” the committee said in a statement first obtained by The Daily Wire.
The RSC will file the discharge petition next week, The Daily Wire has learned.
H.R. 426, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, would make it a violation of federal law for recipients of federal funds to allow biological males to participate in women’s sports, specifying that sex must be based solely on a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.
- Dozens of House Republicans on Wednesday signed on to a petition to force a vote on legislation that would ban transgender women and girls from playing on sports teams that match their gender identity.
- The discharge petition, if it reaches 218 signatures, would force a House vote on the bill that would make it a federal crime under Title IX for any recipient of federal funds who operates, sponsors, or facilitates athletic programs or activities "to permit a person whose sex is male to participate in an athletic program or activity that is designated for women or girls."
- While Democrats celebrate Title IX, as they did last month for the 50th anniversary, their priorities show it has amounted to empty words. On Tuesday, however, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) filed a discharge petition for Rep. Stuebe's bill, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2021. This will give the Title IX protections some real teeth.
FIGHTING WOKE CORPORATIONS
- Nearly two dozen lawmakers on the Republican Study Commission (RSC) sent a letter Thursday to Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, declaring their opposition to renewing the company's copyright on Mickey Mouse, which is set to expire in 2024.
- Banks caught up with FOX Business on Friday, blasting the Mouse House over their Weinstein connection and the company’s activism against the Florida Parental Rights in Education bill.
- The Indiana Republican called Disney’s protection of Weinstein and then later on "attacking parents" by pushing back against the bill as "shameful."
PARTY OF PARENTS
Washington Examiner - GOP moves to become ‘party of parents’ after Youngkin win
- In the House, an election-night memo from Republican Study Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana said that Youngkin’s win should shift the Republican Party’s messaging and policy priorities.
- Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.), the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, a coalition of conservative Republicans, on Tuesday sent a memo to the group that said the top lesson learned from Youngkin’s projected victory in the Old Dominion over former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) was that the GOP “can and must become the party of parents.”
- Rep. Scott Fitzgerald, R-Wis., was joined by Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Jim Banks of Indiana in spearheading the National Educational Association Charter Repeal Act.
- The NEA, one of the largest teachers unions in America, is the only congressionally chartered union. Fitzgerald told Fox News Digital that the "National Education Association has strayed far from its original mission."