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FIRST ON FOX: Rep. Andy Biggs on Tuesday unveiled legislation prohibiting the White House from using taxpayer dollars to fund “woke” initiatives overseas.
Biggs, R-Arizona, said the bill was needed to stop President Biden from forcing other countries to adopt the Democratic Party’s views on racial justice and gender equity.
“Americans have already rejected the Biden administration’s radical social agenda, and yet it continues to try to impose it on countries that have also rightly rejected it,” the congressman told Fox. NewsDigital. “Forcing a woke ideology on other countries is just another example of the Biden administration’s foreign policy failures.”
The bill comes in response to the State Department’s decision last month to create a Special Representative for Racial Equity and Justice. Administration officials say the position was created to address systemic racism overseas.
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As part of this objective, the Special Representative is responsible for ensuring that all policies and programs of the Department of State take racial justice into account.
“Integrating equity into our work is imperative to ensuring better-informed and more effective foreign policies and programs that support all people, regardless of race or ethnicity,” a department spokesperson said. Condition at time of announcement.
Biggs’ bill, dubbed the Stop Imposing Woke Ideology Abroad Act, would prohibit U.S. taxes from funding the special representative’s salary and expenses. It also prohibits federal funds from going to implement the Department of State’s Equity Action Plan.
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The plan was released earlier this year in conjunction with the White House. It seeks to revamp foreign policy to focus meaningfully on improving the lot of racial and ethnic communities around the world.
To that extent, the framework proposes spending millions to spur the adoption of racial justice and gender inclusion policies by foreign governments.
“Using taxpayer dollars to fund the Biden administration’s awakening programs abroad is a complete misuse of federal funding and further strains our relationships with foreign countries,” Biggs said. “This legislation ensures that we protect American interests and curb the Biden administration’s detached social agenda abroad.”
Neither the State Department nor the White House responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.
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Since taking office, Biden has made addressing racial and general inequality a top priority at all levels of government. Nowhere has the problem been more apparent than when it comes to foreign and defense policy.
Last week, Democrats included a provision in the National Defense Bill that allows US taxpayer dollars to be used to train foreign service members on how to recruit women and deal with sexual harassment. . The program also allows the Pentagon to support the participation of foreign officers in training and conferences on the subject.