US Senators Tom Cotton and Marsha Blackburn and their colleagues fight for free speech on college campuses
October 21, 2021 – Washington, DC – Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) launched the Senate Campus Free Speech Caucus to defend student rights on university campuses. This caucus is part of a larger bicameral effort alongside the Young America’s Foundation (YAF) to protect free speech. Cotton and Blackburn were joined by Senators Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Steve Daines (R-Montana), Roger Marshall (R-Kansas) and John Boozman (R-Arkansas).
In addition to the Senate Committee on Free Speech on Campuses, Senators Cotton and Blackburn introduced the 2021 Free Speech on Campuses resolution and the Restoration of Free Speech on Campuses Act. .
The 2021 campus free speech resolution calls for greater First Amendment protection at public universities. Senators Cotton and Blackburn introduced this bill alongside Senators Thom Tillis (R-North Carolina), James Lankford (R-Oklahoma), Mike Braun (R-Indiana), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Josh Hawley (R-Missouri), Tim Scott (R-South Carolina) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas).
The Campus Free Speech Restoration Act would protect the First Amendment rights of public university students from unduly restrictive speech codes. Senators Cotton and Blackburn introduced this bill with Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Senators Roger Marshall (R-Kansas), John Boozman (R-Arkansas), Steve Daines (R-Montana) ), Rick Scott (R-Florida), Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyoming), Marco Rubio (R-Florida) and Mike Braun (R-Indiana).
“Universities should encourage a variety of views, but today colleges and students often silence classmates and professors who disagree with ideas like critical race theory and Project 1619. Senator Blackburn and I launched the Campus Free Speech Caucus to restore freedom of speech in higher education across the country, ” said Coton.
“Freedom of expression is under attack on university campuses” Blackburn said. “We must fight so that our students are not silenced because of their political views. That is why I am leading multiple efforts alongside Senator Cotton and our colleagues to defend the essential freedoms of students in Tennessee and across the country. ”
“The right to free speech is our most fundamental right as Americans, and I am proud to join the Campus Free Speech Caucus to fight the suppression of free speech on college campuses and ensure that the First Amendment rights of our students are not violated. on,” said Braun.
“College campuses should encourage debate and allow students to exchange political views, without silencing and punishing those with whom they disagree. We must fight for this fundamental right to freedom of expression for our next generation, not to give in to the awakening on university campuses ”, said Daines.
“Freedom of expression is guaranteed in our Constitution. He should be worshiped on our college campuses. Unfortunately, this is where it is most at risk ”,Young America’s Foundation president Governor Scott Walker said. “The Campus Free Speech Caucus will help us fight back and ensure that all voices can be heard on campus! ”
- A 2020 Gallup-Knight Foundation study found that eighty-one percent of students support a campus environment where students are exposed to all types of speech, even though they may find it offensive.
- A 2019 survey conducted by the Young America’s Foundation found that students were forbidden to share their ideas in class.