Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill on Thursday, June 24, seeking to block federal funding for critical race theory (CRT) in workplace training after a top general defended the CRT study.
Cruz put forth the END CRT Act one month after Rep. Burgess Owens (R-Utah) introduced the House companion bill in May.
Upon introducing the END CRT Act, Cruz said that “the federal government has no right to force a political agenda onto Americans, especially one that aims to tear down our institutions and divide us based on race.”
“Critical Race Theory originated out of the critical race studies movement. It is a Marxist ideology that sees the world as a battle, not between the classes—as classical Marxism does—but between the races. This is inherently bigoted,” he wrote.
The Republican lawmaker then criticized President Joe Biden for revoking the former President Donald Trump’s order that he signed in September 2020 to combat race and sex stereotyping by prohibiting federal agencies, federal contractors, and federal grant recipients from providing workplace training to their employees.
“On President Biden’s first day in office, he rescinded the Trump administration’s commonsense executive order ensuring no government funding goes to anti-American or racist and sexist training, like CRT, in the workplace,” the Texas congressman in his statement.
“President Biden’s decision was unsurprising but shows the Democratic Party will stop at nothing to indoctrinate Americans,” Cruz said, adding that the bill would ensure the U.S. government does not contribute to the radical ideology.
The END CRT Act comes one day after a highest-ranking general in the U.S. military defended the Biden administration from criticism over its push to train critical race theory to soldiers.
During a testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, supports the study of CRT, the Western Journal reported.
“I do think it’s important, actually, for those of us in uniform to be open-minded and be widely read,” Milley said. “It is important that we train and we understand.”
Milley, chief military adviser to President Biden, proclaimed that, “I want to understand white rage, and I’m white. And I want to understand it.”
“I’ve read Mao Zedong. I’ve read Karl Marx. I’ve read Lenin. That doesn’t make me a communist,” Milley continued.
“So what is wrong with understanding, having some situational understanding about the country for which we are here to defend?” he said. “And I personally find it offensive that we are accusing the United States military, our general officers, our commissioned, non-commissioned officers, of being ‘woke’ or something else because we’re studying some theories that are out there.”
The head of the U.S. armed forces declared that CRT “matters to our military and the discipline and cohesion of this military.”