Civics Secures Democracy Act Proposes Grants To Support Civics Education – NPR

NPR’s Steve Inskeep talks to GOP Sen. John Cornyn of Texas and Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware about a bipartisan initiative to invest $1 billion in civics and history education.


Two United States senators came to the phone yesterday. We’d called them to discuss their proposal to commit $1 billion of federal money to civics education.

Can I get each of you just to introduce yourself?

CHRIS COONS: I’m Senator Chris Coons from Delaware.

JOHN CORNYN: And I’m Senator John Cornyn from Texas.

COONS: Should we say that introduction again and also say our party, which I forgot to?

CORNYN: That might be a good idea.

INSKEEP: Ooh, go for it.

COONS: I’m Senator Chris Coons, a Democrat from Delaware.

CORNYN: And I’m John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas.

INSKEEP: Glad they did it again because the party labels are important here. Senators Cornyn and Coons say they are working on a bipartisan measure. They’re doing so in the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, among other events. They’re proposing grants to support