Never Again Education Act Passes Senate, Goes to President for Expected Signature

May 13, 2020

As reported in JNS, the Never Again Education Act passed the United States Senate in a unanimous vote and heads to the desk of President Donald Trump for his expected signature. The Never Again Education Act seeks to expand Holocaust education in the United States.

When signed into law, the legislation would expand the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) education programming to teachers nationwide. The law requires the museum to create and distribute resources to enhance awareness and understanding of the Holocaust and its lessons to students across the United States.

The version of the bill that was passed in the Senate was introduced by Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Jacky Rosen (D-NV) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), along with 76 other co-sponsors. The Senate bill was slightly different from the version in the House of Representatives, which the Senate ultimately passed. The Senate bill has the U.S. Department of Education, not the USHMM, oversee the program.

The legislation allocates $2 million annually for five years to the Holocaust Education Assistance Program Fund, administered by the USHMM’s governing body, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. Private donations for the fund would also be allowed to augment the program.

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