Rep. Banks Submits Anti Woke Amendments to FY25 NDAA

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Today, Chairman of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Jim Banks announced he has submitted several amendments to the Military Personnel Subcommittee’s mark of the Fiscal Year 2025 National Defense Authorization Act to combat the Biden administration’s attempts to politicize our military. Said Chairman Banks: “Last year, House Republicans passed the most anti-woke NDAA in hist...

Rep. Banks’ MAHSA Act Signed Into Law

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Today, Congressman Jim Banks released the following statement in response to the enactment of his MAHSA Act, legislation to sanction the Iranian regime for its human rights abuses. Rep. Banks first introduced the MAHSA Act during the 117th Congress after the tragic murder of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini at the hands of Iran’s “Morality Police.” Mahsa Amini’s death triggered pro-democracy ...

Rep. Banks Introduces the Defund NPR Act

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Today, Anti Woke Caucus Chairman Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Defund NPR Act, legislation to defund National Public Radio. This initiative is supported by Elon Musk. Find the bill text here. Said Rep. Jim Banks: “NPR’s new CEO is a radical, left-wing activist who doesn’t believe in free speech or objective journalism. Hoosiers shouldn’t be writing her paychecks. Katherine Maher isn’t qualified to...

Banks Introduces American Students First Act

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Today, Rep. Jim Banks introduced the American Students First Act, legislation to prohibit the Education Department from allowing illegal immigrants to participate in the TRIO program, a collection of eight federally funded and administered college prep programs for low-income Americans, first generation college students, and students with disabilities. You can find the full bill text here and cove...

Rep. Banks Applauds Indiana’s Sister City Agreement Ban

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Today, in response to the enactment of the Indiana state law HEA 1120, which includes a provision to ban Indiana cities from entering into so-called “sister city” agreements with foreign adversaries, including China, Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Member Rep. Jim Banks released the following statement: “Sister city agreements are managed by the United Front, the Chinese Communist ...

Rep. Banks Calls on White House to Impose Section 232 Tariffs on Chinese EVs

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Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Member Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) is calling on Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo to open an investigation into the national security threat posed by imports of Chinese electric vehicles and their components under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Rep. Banks’ letter calls for global Section 232 tariffs on the basis of rapidly growing n...

Banks, Cotton Introduce the Countering China’s Political Warfare Act

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Today, Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party Member Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Countering China’s Political Warfare Act, legislation to sanction any individual or groups that conduct political warfare on behalf of a foreign government against the United States. The legislation also requires the Secretary of State to determine if the United Front Work Department (UFWD)—an overseas infl...

Rep. Banks Introduces Breaking Beijing’s Hold on Campus Act

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Today, Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party member Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Breaking Beijing’s Hold on Campus Act to condition student visas for students of covered nations on those students not engaging in transnational repression, such as reporting on one’s fellow students to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for their exercise of free speech. The legislation would similarly cond...

Banks Announces 2024 Congressional Art Competition

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Today, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) announced his office is now accepting submissions for the 2024 Congressional Art Competition. This competition is open to all high school students in Indiana’s 3rd District. The artwork that wins the district competition will be displayed for one year in the U.S. Capitol. The winner will receive two tickets to Washington D.C. from Southwest Airlines to attend a recept...

ICYMI: Banks, Stefanik, Waltz Request DOJ Investigate Iran-Linked NGO

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Reps. Jim Banks (IN-03), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), and Michael Waltz (FL-06) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the U.S. Department of Justice open an investigation to determine if the International Crisis Group (ICG), a non-governmental organization based in Brussels, acted as an unregistered agent for the government of Iran. You can find a copy of the letter here. Said Re...

Banks Votes to Impeach Secretary Mayorkas

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Today, Rep. Jim Banks voted in favor of H. Res. 863, a resolution impeaching Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Rep. Banks is a cosponsor of this legislation. Said Rep. Jim Banks: “Today I voted to impeach Secretary Mayorkas for aiding and abetting an invasion at our southern border. While I am disappointed this measure did not pass, fighting to secure our border remains...

Banks Votes to Support Israel Funding

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Today, Rep. Jim Banks voted in favor of H.R. 7217, a standalone bill to send $17.6 billion to Israel as it fights back against Hamas and other Iranian-backed terrorists. President Biden said he would veto this legislation: Said Rep. Jim Banks: “Supporting Israel in the aftermath of the October 7th attack by Hamas is not only the right thing to do, but vital to our own national security interests. ...

Banks Introduces Abortion Funding Awareness Act

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Rep. Jim Banks introduced the Abortion Funding Awareness Act, which would require states to annually submit a report to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on all payments of abortions with federal funds and publish the report on the state’s website. Currently, eighteen states allow Medicaid to pay for abortions. The bill text is available here. Said Rep. Jim Banks: “The majority of Ame...

Rep. Banks Calls on Carmel to Cut Ties with CCP

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Today, Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party member Rep. Jim Banks sent a letter to recently inaugurated Carmel Mayor Sue Finkam asking her to withdraw Carmel from its sister cities agreement with Xiangyang City, China. Former Mayor Jim Brainard signed the agreement in November 2023 during a ten-day tour of China. Read Rep. Banks’ letter HERE and coverage in the Indiana Capital Chronicle...

Banks, Vance Introduce Bill to Ban Racial Discrimination in College Admissions

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Today, Rep. Jim Banks (IN-03) and Senator JD Vance (R-OH) introduced the College Admissions Accountability Act, to require universities to respect applicants’ constitutional rights and comply with the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard. The legislation would condition eligibility for federal student assistance and institutional aid on unive...

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