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Kern County Congressman, minority leader Kevin McCarthy introduces bill to protect statues, monuments

Kevin McCarthy
Posted at 7:00 AM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 15:13:50-04

Kern County Congressman Kevin McCarthy has introduced legislature that would protect monuments and statues across the country.

McCarthy introduced what's being called the Protect America's Statues Act of 2020 along with congressmen Jim Jordan and Sam Graves.

According to a press release from McCarthy's office, the act would "prevent state and local entities that do not protect monuments from receiving certain federal grants."

In statement McCarthy said, "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.”