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Washington, D.C. – House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement on the bill he is introducing with Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jim Jordan (OH-04) and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Ranking Member Sam Graves (MO-06), the Protect America’s Statues Act of 2020, which would prevent state and local entities that do not protect monuments from receiving certain federal grants:

“Public monuments are indispensable because they tell the American story. It is wrong to erase our history. We should be learning from it. Instead, leftwing mobs in cities across the country are destroying statues of General Grant, St. Serra, Christopher Columbus, and abolitionists. This is lawlessness in its purest and most unacceptable form. Yet too many liberal mayors and governors won’t restore order or arrest the rioters, the most basic duties of government. Many seem to agree with Speaker Pelosi, who excused mob rule as ‘people will do what they do,’ as if that absolves them of their failure to follow the law. If state and local officials will not protect historical monuments, then Congress must and will. My legislation has real consequences for states and cities: no order, no funding. It is time to respect our laws, protect our history, and punish the statue smashers.”

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