Condemning Critical Race Theory
It was a busy week back in DC voting on critical legislation and speaking out on the issues we are facing.
It was also a pleasure to speak by phone with Dr. Karen Edison of Missouri Telehealth Network to discuss the great healthcare work being done for rural and underserved Missourians. Additionally, my staff had the chance to attend an exciting announcement ceremony in Pettis County as WireCo WorldGroup, a large manufacturer of wire rope, is planning a significant expansion. What great news!
Please see below for the rest of this week’s activities in my office.
Must Watch: Clip of the Week
Condemning Critical Race Theory
This week, I took to the House floor to outline exactly what I’ve been hearing from Missourians across our Fourth District: Critical Race Theory (CRT) has no place in our schools.
CRT wants to poison our classrooms by pushing an agenda which revolves around race, not character. They want to teach young minds that racism persists even if no individual or institution acts in a racist way or holds any racist beliefs. This is wrong.
Since it has entered the national discussion, Missourians have expressed strong disdain for teaching our students that this country is inherently racist and that minority groups are unable to succeed within our country’s current systems and institutions.
I proudly stand with Missouri parents in condemning CRT in our classrooms.
Legislation on the House Floor
The House considered multiple pieces of legislation to invest in cybersecurity protections and improvements, which I was proud to support this week:
- H.R. 3138 - State and Local Cybersecurity Improvement Act: This bill would establish a State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
- H.R. 1833 - DHS Industrial Control Systems Capabilities Enhancement Act: This bill would direct DHS to develop the capabilities to combat and fix cyber vulnerabilities in industrial control systems.
- H.R. 2980 - Cybersecurity Vulnerability Remediation Act: This bill would help identify and develop actionable protocols to diminish cybersecurity vulnerabilities.
- H.R. 3223 - CISA Cyber Exercise Act: This bill would codify the National Cyber Exercise Program, which helps to evaluate the readiness and operational understanding of combating cyber attacks.
- H.R. 2928 - Cyber Sense Act: This bill would assist in ensuring our grid remains strong and resilient by requiring the Secretary of Energy to establish a program to test the cybersecurity of products used in the bulk power system.
As we have witnessed in recent months with Russia and China’s cyberattacks on Americans and their businesses, we must do everything possible to protect our national security and our digital world from foreign interference.
Service Academy Info Day
I am excited to announce I will be hosting a Service Academy Information Day on Thursday, September 9, 2021 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Warrensburg High School in Warrensburg, MO.
Students, parents, and educators who are interested in learning more about attending one of our nation’s five Service Academies are invited to attend. The application and selection process to attend a service academy is very competitive and requires students be meticulous. This Information Day presents the perfect opportunity for students to gain the knowledge and expertise they will need to submit a quality application for consideration.
As a part of the Information Day, students and their family members will have the chance to interact with representatives from the U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, U.S. Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy and university ROTC programs. They can also visit with the students who were nominated and selected to attend various service academies this upcoming school year.
I am looking forward to meeting with interested students and their families during the Information Day. Although RSVPs are not required, they are encouraged. You can register for the event here.