Since congress is back in session, I am following the bills and resolutions being put forward and there have been some whoppers this week.  Carolyn Maloney has already received Today’s AYFKM? Award for H.R. 3602, but I thought I might just throw a few more logs on the fire.

Can someone explain to me why the Dems all of a sudden feel it is necessary to throw $4,000,000 (per year) of our money at grants for Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009?  Are they really saying that the Constitution is not being taught in our schools, and is this a way to amp up the voter turnout by registering eligible voters?  Do you think these Dems are jumping on the Tea Party wagon and trying to make themselves look less like radical socialists and more like Constitutionalists?  Do you think they realize how stupid they look by putting this forward?  I had to recite the Declaration of Independence at age 9…

From GovTrack:

H.R. 3591: Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009

HR 3591 IH

111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3591

To establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 17, 2009

Mr. CUMMINGS (for himself, Ms. NORTON, Mr. CONYERS, Ms. WATSON, Mr. RANGEL, Mr. MEEK of Florida, Ms. WATERS, Mr. PAYNE, Mr. CARSON of Indiana, and Mr. WATT) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


A BILL

To establish a grant program to enhance existing secondary education programs for the purpose of teaching high school students about the Constitution of the United States and the constitutions of the individual States.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ‘Constitution and Citizenship Day Act of 2009’.

SEC. 2. CONSTITUTION DAY AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY SYSTEM FOR STUDENTS.

Part C of title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 6601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new subpart:

‘Subpart 6–Teaching of the Constitution

‘SEC. 2371. ESTABLISHMENT AND OPERATION OF CONSTITUTION DAY GRANT PROGRAM.

‘(a) Grant Program Authorized- The Secretary shall establish and implement a grant program, to be known as the ‘Constitution Day Grant Program’, under which the Secretary shall award grants on a competitive basis to local educational agencies and charter schools for the purposes of enhancing educational programs to teach students about the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located.

‘(b) Grantee Eligibility Requirements- Grants under this section may only be awarded to a local educational agency or charter school with established secondary educational programs to teach students about the United States Constitution and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located.

‘(c) Operation of Educational Programs- An educational program funded by a grant under this section shall–

‘(1) occur on Constitution Day, September 17, of each calender year (or on the Monday immediately following Constitution Day, if Constitution Day falls on a Saturday or a Sunday);

‘(2) include assemblies, discussions, presentations, or events commemorating the Constitution of the United States and the constitution of the State in which the grant recipient is located;

‘(3) include efforts to reinforce existing Constitutional curricula conducted by the grant recipient; and

‘(4) make available to eligible students participating in such program the ability to register to vote.

‘(d) Voter Registration Laws- A grant recipient under this section shall abide by all applicable State and Federal voter registration laws.

‘SEC. 2372. GRANT APPLICATION PROCESS.

‘(a) Secretary Created Process- The Secretary shall develop an application process for the grant program under this subpart, consistent with the requirements of this section.

‘(b) Grant Application Requirements- An application for a grant under this subpart shall–

‘(1) describe the educational activities to be funded by the grant; and

‘(2) provide assurances that the requirements of section 2371(c) will be met, and any additional assurances that the Secretary determines to be necessary to ensure compliance with the requirements of this subpart.

‘SEC. 2373. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

‘There is authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary $4,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out this subpart.’.

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