Rooney Introduces Bill to Ensure College Campuses Allow Free Speech Everywhere
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Francis Rooney introduced H.R. 1672, the Free Right to Expression in Education (FREE) Act. This legislation will prevent colleges from quarantining free expression and end unconstitutional zones used to stifle student speech. In combination with President Trump’s proposed Executive Order to cut off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech, we can stop this erosion of our Constitutional rights.
Congressman Rooney stated, “Many colleges and universities restrict our 1st Amendment rights by limiting “protected” speech to certain narrowly restricted areas instead of nurturing campus-wide free speech. Our freedom of speech should not be confined to designated areas. Free speech is either free or it is not. That is what the 1st Amendment is all about.
“Higher education should be a platform for the peaceful but free exchange of ideas and open debate. Learning occurs when one’s beliefs are challenged and defended. This is what the original idea of the university was based upon.”