McCarthy: ‘Democrats Thought It Was Too Extreme’ for Parents to Have a Say in Their Kids’ Education

( – House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) celebrated House passage of the Parents Bill of Rights Act (H.R. 5) on Friday, which passed with a vote of 213 to 208 with no Democratic votes.

McCarthy called out the Democrats for not supporting the bill, which he said fulfills a campaign promise. The bill goes to the Senate, where Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said it will be a “dead end.”

“What’s really interesting is that the Democrats thought it was too extreme, that the Democrats believed that parents shouldn’t have a say in their kids’ education and actually know what the reading material is. Democrat thought that was extreme,” the speaker said.

“Democrats didn’t believe that in this bill we say parents have a right to be heard, that you should be able to go to school board meetings and not be called terrorists, that they could have a say, but the Democrats thought that was too extreme,” he said.

“Parents should have a right to know where their tax dollars are being spent in the schools, the budget, but Democrats thought that was extreme. In this bill we protect the children’s privacy, the data can’t be sent around, that parents should know what they do with it, but the Democrats thought that was too extreme,” McCarthy said.


“We thought parents should know if there is any violent activity on campus, not just your child but to any so you’re being warned. Democrats thought it was too extreme. Today was a win for every mother, every father, most importantly for every student in America,” he said.

“You have a parents’ bill of rights now, but Unfortunately, the Democrats are too extreme to believe that parents should have a say in their kids’ education. The bill will go on to the Senate. We hope they’ll be able take it up, but this is a win and change for America,” the speaker added. 

“We watched just a short time ago the Biden administration would go after parents if they went to school board meetings just to find out what was happening. We watched a father get arrested at a school board meeting when his daughter was attacked in a bathroom. All that is changing today. You now have a say in your kids’ education,” McCarthy said.

“You get the warning if there is any violence on the campus. You get to know where money is being spent. You get to know what the reading materials are, and you get to protect your children’s privacy as well,” he said.


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