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Joyce Introduces GRINCH Act to Safeguard Students, Cherished Books from Cancel Culture

Joyce Introduces GRINCH Act to Safeguard Students, Cherished Books from Cancel Culture

“Oh, the books they will ban!”

Washington, DC – Congressman John Joyce, M.D. (PA-13) this week introduced the Guarding Readers’ Independence and Choice (GRINCH) Act, which would safeguard access to historical literature and combat growing threats to Americans’ First Amendment rights.

“Oh, the books they will ban! Cancel culture is rapidly encroaching on American institutions – starting in our elementary schools. To push back, I am working to safeguard children’s access to historic books and characters,” said Dr. Joyce. “As we have seen time and time again, the ‘woke’ horde will target just about anyone, even Dr. Seuss. No American taxpayer should be forced to participate in this scheme against their will. The GRINCH Act will prohibit taxpayer dollars from funding bureaucrats’ attempts to censor children’s literature and determine what our kids are permitted to read. We must not allow the left to wage further attacks on students’ First Amendment rights.”

Dr. Joyce is a strong supporter of local libraries and the importance of reading. Since 2019, he has visited 20 public libraries across nine counties in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional District to deliver hundreds of books from the Library of Congress. These books, including a vast number of children’s selections, are now available to readers across southwestern and southcentral Pennsylvania.

In recent weeks, classic authors, including Dr. Seuss, have been criticized for materials deemed to be offensive by the media. The GRINCH Act would protect authors and literature from the cancel culture that has become intertwined with public education.

This legislation would prohibit states and local government agencies from receiving funding under the Student Support and Academic Enrichment Grants program if they ban books. For further details, read the full text of H.R. 2147, the Guarding Readers’ Independence and Choice (GRINCH) Act here.

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