EXCLUSIVE: Sens. Tim Scott, James Lankford And Rep. Virginia Foxx Introduce Legislation To Protect Parental Rights

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Republican South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott, Republican Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford and Republican North Carolina Rep. Virginia Foxx introduced legislation Wednesday affirming parents have a basic right to control the upbringing of their children.

The Daily Caller first obtained a copy of the legislation, which is titled, “the Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act.” It would specifically prevent the federal government from getting involved in the rights of parents without first passing the strict scrutiny test and would also allow parents to use the violation of this right in judicial or administration proceedings, federally or on the state level.

“Parents have a fundamental right to control the upbringing of their child, whether it’s in the classroom or at home,” Scott told the Caller before introducing the bill. “Yet, far too often, parents are being pushed out of their child’s lives, and kids are paying the price. I’m fighting to put parents back in the driver’s seat and ensure they remain the lead decision maker in their child’s life.”


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Lankford echoed Scott, saying parents should not be living everyday worrying about government overreach and that parents have the right to make decisions for their children.

“Moms and dads have the right — and responsibility — to determine what’s best for their kids. Good parents should not live in fear of their own government every day. Whenever parental rights are threatened by federal government overreach, families deserve a fair hearing before a court. The Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act preserves the rights of parents and restricts government overreach into our homes and families,” Lankford said. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Tim Scott Pressed The Treasury Department Over Inflation, Here’s Their ‘Unacceptable’ Response)

Foxx, who introduced a House version of the legislation, said parents’ rights are under attack and that this bill, if passed, would protect them across the U.S. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Tim Scott Introduces Legislation Redirecting $15 Billion From IRS To Border Security)

“In America today, the rights of millions of parents are under siege — this moment calls for a targeted course correction so that these proud men and women can raise their children without government infringement,” Foxx stated. “The Families’ Rights and Responsibilities Act serves not only as a reinforced bulwark for parental rights, but also as a fundamental check against the government whenever it decides to enforce policies that fail to extend due deference to parental decision-making. I am immensely proud to introduce this legislation alongside Senators Scott and Lankford to further safeguard the rights of parents.”