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USA Civics Act of 2020

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02/07/2020 Introduced in House Open

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116TH CONGRESS 
2D SESSION H. R. 5810 
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the American 

History for Freedom grant program. 

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

FEBRUARY 7, 2020 
Mr. BLUMENAUER (for himself, Mr. COLE, Ms. SCHRIER, Mr. MOOLENAAR, 

Mr. HIMES, and Ms. STEFANIK) introduced the following bill; which was 
referred to the Committee on Education and Labor 

A BILL 
To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve 

the American History for Freedom grant program. 

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-1

tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 2

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. 3

This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Understanding and 4

Studying American Civics Act of 2020’’ or the ‘‘USA 5

Civics Act of 2020’’. 6

SEC. 2. AMERICAN CIVICS EDUCATION PROGRAM. 7

Section 805 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 8

U.S.C. 1161e) is amended— 9

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(1) in the section heading, by striking ‘‘HIS-1

TORY FOR FREEDOM’’ and inserting ‘‘CIVICS 2

EDUCATION PROGRAM’’; 3

(2) in subsection (a)— 4

(A) by striking ‘‘subsection (f)’’ and insert-5

ing ‘‘subsection (g)’’; 6

(B) by striking ‘‘the Secretary is author-7

ized to award three-year grants, on a competi-8

tive basis,’’ and inserting ‘‘the Secretary is au-9

thorized to award grants, once every 3 years 10

and on a competitive basis,’’; 11

(C) by striking paragraph (1) and insert-12

ing the following: 13

‘‘(1) American political thought and history;’’; 14

(D) in paragraph (2) by striking ‘‘or’’ after 15

the semicolon; 16

(E) by striking paragraph (3) and insert-17

ing the following: 18

‘‘(3) the history, achievements, and impact of 19

American representative democracy and constitu-20

tional democracies globally; or’’; and 21

(F) by adding at the end the following: 22

‘‘(4) the means of participation in political and 23

civic life.’’; 24

(3) in subsection (b)— 25

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(A) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘‘as de-1

fined in section 101.’’ and inserting ‘‘, or a 2

partnership that includes an institution of high-3

er education and one or more nonprofit organi-4

zations, whose missions and demonstrated ex-5

pertise are consistent with the purpose of this 6

section.’’; 7

(B) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘that 8

emerged’’ and all that follows through the pe-9

riod at the end and inserting ‘‘founded on the 10

principles of representative democracy, constitu-11

tional government, individual rights, market ec-12

onomics, religious freedom and religious toler-13

ance, and freedom of thought and inquiry.’’; 14

and 15

(C) by striking paragraph (3) and insert-16

ing the following: 17

‘‘(3) AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT AND HIS-18

TORY.—The term ‘American political thought and 19

history’ means— 20

‘‘(A) the significant constitutional, polit-21

ical, intellectual, economic, social, and foreign 22

policy trends and issues that have shaped the 23

course of American history; and 24

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‘‘(B) the key episodes, turning points, 1

texts, and figures involved in the constitutional, 2

political, intellectual, diplomatic, social, and 3

economic history of the United States.’’; 4

(4) in subsection (c)(2)— 5

(A) in subparagraph (A), by striking ‘‘tra-6

ditional’’ and all that follows through the semi-7

colon and inserting ‘‘American political thought 8

and history, free institutions, the impact of 9

American representative democracy and con-10

stitutional democracies globally, or the means of 11

participation in political and civic life;’’; and 12

(B) in subparagraph (B), by inserting ‘‘, 13

which may include the creation or use of open 14

educational resources’’ after ‘‘subsection 15

(e)(1)(B)’’; 16

(5) in subsection (d)— 17

(A) by striking paragraph (1) and insert-18

ing the following: 19

‘‘(1) increase access to quality programming 20

that expands knowledge of American political 21

thought and history, free institutions, the impact of 22

American representative democracy and constitu-23

tional democracies globally, or the means of partici-24

pation in political and civic life;’’; and 25

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(B) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘‘tradi-1

tional American history, free institutions, or 2

Western civilization’’ and inserting ‘‘American 3

political thought and history, free institutions, 4

the impact of American representative democ-5

racy and constitutional democracies globally, or 6

the means of participation in political and civic 7

life.’’; 8

(6) by striking subsection (e) and inserting the 9

following: 10

‘‘(e) USE OF FUNDS.— 11

‘‘(1) REQUIRED USE OF FUNDS.—Funds pro-12

vided under this section shall be used— 13

‘‘(A) to establish or strengthen academic 14

programs or centers focused on American polit-15

ical thought and history, free institutions, the 16

impact of American representative democracy 17

and constitutional democracies globally, or the 18

means of participation in political and civic life, 19

which may include— 20

‘‘(i) design and implementation of 21

programs of study, courses, lecture series, 22

seminars, and symposia; 23

‘‘(ii) development, publication, and 24

dissemination of instructional materials; 25

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‘‘(iii) research; 1

‘‘(iv) support for faculty teaching in 2

undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate 3

programs; or 4

‘‘(v) support for graduate and post-5

graduate fellowships, if applicable; or 6

‘‘(B) for teacher preparation initiatives 7

that stress content mastery regarding American 8

political thought and history, free institutions, 9

the impact of American representative democ-10

racy and constitutional democracies globally, or 11

the means of participation in political and civic 12

life; 13

‘‘(C) for collaboration with local edu-14

cational agencies for the purpose of providing 15

elementary school and secondary school teach-16

ers an opportunity to enhance their knowledge 17

of American political thought and history, free 18

institutions, the impact of American representa-19

tive democracy and constitutional democracies 20

globally, or the means of participation in polit-21

ical and civic life; and 22

‘‘(D) to conduct outreach activities to en-23

sure that information about the activities fund-24

ed under this section is widely disseminated— 25

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‘‘(i) to undergraduate students (in-1

cluding students enrolled in teacher edu-2

cation programs, if applicable); 3

‘‘(ii) to graduate students (including 4

students enrolled in teacher education pro-5

grams, if applicable); 6

‘‘(iii) to faculty; 7

‘‘(iv) to local educational agencies; 8

and 9

‘‘(v) within the local community. 10

‘‘(2) ALLOWABLE USES OF FUNDS.—Funds 11

provided under this section may be used to sup-12

port— 13

‘‘(A) collaboration with entities such as— 14

‘‘(i) nonprofit organizations whose 15

missions and demonstrated expertise are 16

consistent with the purpose of this section, 17

for assistance in carrying out activities de-18

scribed under subsection (a); and 19

‘‘(ii) Federal or State humanities pro-20

grams, which may include those funded by 21

the National Endowment for the Human-22

ities; 23

‘‘(B) the creation and use of open edu-24

cational resources on American political thought 25

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and history, free institutions, or the impact of 1

American representative democracy and con-2

stitutional democracies globally, or the means of 3

participation in political and civic life; and 4

‘‘(C) other activities that meet the pur-5

poses of this section.’’; 6

(7) by redesignating subsection (f) as sub-7

section (g); 8

(8) in subsection (g), as redesignated by para-9

graph (7), by striking ‘‘2009’’ and inserting ‘‘2021’’; 10

and 11

(9) by inserting after subsection (e) the fol-12

lowing: 13

‘‘(f) RULE OF CONSTRUCTION.—Nothing in this sec-14

tion shall be construed to authorize the Secretary to pre-15

scribe an American political thought and history cur-16

riculum.’’. 17

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Earl Blumenauer D-OR 02/07/2020 Sponsor
Elise Stefanik R-NY 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Kim Schrier D-WA 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
John Moolenaar R-MI 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
James Himes D-CT 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Tom Cole R-OK 02/07/2020 Cosponsor
Date Branch Action
02/07/2020 President Referred to the House Committee on Education and Labor.Action By: House of Representatives
02/07/2020 President Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E155)Action By: House of Representatives
02/07/2020 President Introduced in HouseAction By: House of Representatives
Summary
There is one summary for H.R.5810. View summaries Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/07/2020) Understanding and Studying American Civics Act of 2020 or the USA Civics Act of 2020 This bill reauthorizes through FY2026 and revises the American History for Freedom grant program. The bill renames the program as the American Civics Education Program. The bill authorizes the Department of Education to award grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) once every three years to establish or strengthen academic programs to promote American political thought and history; the history, achievements, and impact of American representative democracy and constitutional democracies globally; and the means of participation in political and civic life. Currently, such grants are awarded to IHEs for three years and are focused on traditional American history and the history and achievements of Western civilization. IHEs may use grants to support additional activities, such as collaborating with federal or state humanities programs and using open educational resources.
Shown Here:Introduced in House (02/07/2020) Understanding and Studying American Civics Act of 2020 or the USA Civics Act of 2020 This bill reauthorizes through FY2026 and revises the American History for Freedom grant program. The bill renames the program as the American Civics Education Program. The bill authorizes the Department of Education to award grants to institutions of higher education (IHEs) once every three years to establish or strengthen academic programs to promote American political thought and history; the history, achievements, and impact of American representative democracy and constitutional democracies globally; and the means of participation in political and civic life. Currently, such grants are awarded to IHEs for three years and are focused on traditional American history and the history and achievements of Western civilization. IHEs may use grants to support additional activities, such as collaborating with federal or state humanities programs and using open educational resources.
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Education
Stefanik) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and LaborA BILLTo amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the American History for Freedom grant program

Funds
; (6)by striking subsection (e) and inserting the following: (e)Use of funds (1)Required use of fundsFunds provided under this section shall be used— (A)to establish or strengthen academic programs or centers focused on American political thought and history, free institutions, the impact of American representative democracy and constitutional democracies globally, or the means of participation in political and civic life, which may include— (i)design and implementation of programs of study,

History
Stefanik) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and LaborA BILLTo amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve the American History for Freedom grant program


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