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Stefanik, Banks introduce No Tax Dollars for College Encampments Act

“Any university leaders that fail to stand up for our Jewish community will be held accountable,” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.). stated.

"Free Palestine” tent encampment at Harvard University, organized in April-May 2024 in support of Palestinians and the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, May 2, 2024. Credit: Dariusz Jemielniak via Wikimedia Commons.
"Free Palestine” tent encampment at Harvard University, organized in April-May 2024 in support of Palestinians and the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip, May 2, 2024. Credit: Dariusz Jemielniak via Wikimedia Commons.

Reps. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.) introduced the No Tax Dollars for College Encampments Act on Monday to challenge the accreditation status for schools that fail to follow their policies to prevent tent encampments, the occupation of academic buildings and other illegal measures.

The legislation would require colleges to increase transparency by revealing civil-disturbance response plans, increasing coordination with various law enforcement and ensuring compliance to continue receiving federal funds.

“I am committed to ridding universities of the antisemitic rot corrupting our students and making campuses dangerous and unwelcoming to our Jewish communities,” Stefanik said. “Any university leaders that fail to stand up for our Jewish community will be held accountable.”

Banks called the encampment protests that riddled universities in the wake of the Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel on Oct. 7 “unacceptable” and that the legislation “holds these woke universities accountable and ensures they enforce protest rules fairly and equally, not only when it fits their political agenda.”

Stefanik said the bill can be used to prevent “the disgraceful mob riots we saw overtake campuses across the country, including Columbia University, and make sure school leaders are enforcing policies against hostile campus takeovers.”

“Last school year, makeshift encampments were allowed to flourish on campuses across the country, disrupting classes and intimidating Jewish students. This is unacceptable,” Banks stated. “My legislation holds these woke universities accountable and ensures they enforce protest rules fairly and equally, not only when it fits their political agenda.”

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