Lummis Denounces 1619 Project in Schools, Supports Bill to Cut Off Federal Funding

June 14, 2021

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis (R- WY) joined her Senate colleagues in re-introducing the Saving American History Act, legislation that would prohibit federal funds from being used to teach the 1619 Project curriculum in K-12 schools. 

Senator Tom Cotton (R- AR) introduced the Saving American History Act last July, and re-introduced it for the 117th Congress. Senators John Boozman (R-AR), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) and Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) also co-sponsored the bill.

“Students and teachers should have an open and honest dialogue in the classroom about our nation’s history,” said Senator Lummis. “However, the 1619 Project is pushing an anti-American agenda and distorted, revisionist history with hard-earned taxpayer dollars. I’m pleased to join my colleagues in opposing this waste of federal money.”

The 1619 Project, which takes its name from the year slaves first arrived in the American colonies, is a school curriculum linked to a New York Times examination and reframing of how slavery has shaped American history. It has been harshly criticized for historical errors and poor fact-checking, including claims that the American Revolution was fought not to overthrow the British, but in large part to preserve slavery in North America.