WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Representatives María Elvira Salazar (R-FL), Elise Stefanik (R-NY), Victoria Spartz (R-IN), Lloyd Smucker (R-PA), and 58 of their House colleagues introduced H.R. 6123, the Crucial Communism Teaching (CCT) Act.

The CCT Act would make educational materials available through the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation to help educate high school students about the dangers of communism and totalitarianism, and how they are contrary to the founding principles of freedom and democracy in the United States.

The CCT Act framework is inspired by the Never Again Education Act, passed by the 116th Congress, which created an analogous program to educate American students about the Holocaust through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The bill also continues similar efforts by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to educate American students on the failed experiment of communism throughout history.

“America is the freest, most prosperous country in the world. In one generation, my parents went from fleeing communist Cuba to seeing their daughter represent thousands of other exiles in the United States Congress,” said Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. “The Castro regime claims that they’ve created a system of equality on the island. But the only equality that communism guarantees is being equally poor, equally hungry, and equally oppressed. The Crucial Communism Teaching Act will ensure that our future generations understand the tragic and gruesome history of communism. We must do everything in our power to preserve America’s founding principles of freedom, opportunity, and democracy. The fight to safeguard the American dream for generations to come starts here.”

“Our nation was founded on the principle of democracy, and we should equip the next generation to be fully aware of the dangers of Communism,” Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said. “The Crucial Communism Teaching Act would foster a fuller understanding of communism to ensure our children are learning the truth. I am proud to be an American, and I want our children to share in that pride. Thank you, Congresswoman Salazar for your leadership on this issue.”

“As Winston Churchill once said, ‘those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it’,” Congresswoman Victoria Spartz said. “We have to remind our future generations of the millions of lives destroyed by communism around the world and the importance of being vigilant to keep our Republic free and strong.”

“Thanks to our free enterprise system, I, like so many across our nation, have been blessed with the opportunity to live my American Dream. I came to Congress to vigorously defend every American’s opportunity to work towards their own American Dream. Self-described socialists in Congress are pushing legislation to kill that opportunity and radically alter our way of life. I’m very concerned that an alarming number of younger Americans hold favorable views of communism, according to recent polling. The world knows communism is responsible for horrifying death and destruction throughout history. It is more critical than ever that we ensure our students are taught the history and the present dangers of this ideology. I appreciate Congresswoman Salazar for leading this critical legislation and am proud to join her in supporting it,” said Representative Lloyd Smucker.  

List of original cosponsors:

  • Rep. Virginia Foxx
  • Rep. Carlos Gimenez
  • Rep. Burgess Owens
  • Rep. Bill Posey
  • Rep. Richard Hudson
  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis
  • Rep. Randy Weber
  • Rep. Troy Nehls
  • Rep. Dan Crenshaw
  • Rep. Michael Bost
  • Rep. Neal Dunn
  • Rep. Ronny Jackson
  • Rep. John Rutherford
  • Rep. Brian Babin
  • Rep. Rick Crawford
  • Rep. Alex Mooney
  • Rep. Chris Jacobs
  • Rep. Jim Baird
  • Rep. Scott Franklin
  • Rep. Michael Waltz
  • Rep. David McKinley
  • Rep. Byron Donalds
  • Rep. Greg Steube
  • Rep. David Schweikert
  • Rep. Ted Budd
  • Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks
  • Rep. Vern Buchanan
  • Rep. Glenn Grothman
  • Rep. French Hill
  • Rep. Madison Cawthorn
  • Rep. Kat Cammack
  • Rep. Mary Miller
  • Rep. Jeff Duncan
  • Rep. Fred Upton
  • Rep. Nicole Malliotakis
  • Rep. Rodney Davis
  • Rep. Louie Gohmert
  • Rep. Dan Bishop
  • Rep. Chris Smith
  • Rep. John Katko
  • Rep. Tim Burchett
  • Rep. Buddy Carter
  • Rep. Lisa McClain
  • Rep. August Pfluger
  • Rep. Jeff Van Drew
  • Rep. Tony Gonzales
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa
  • Rep. Tom Cole
  • Rep. William Timmons
  • Rep. Peter Meijer
  • Rep. Adrian Smith
  • Rep. Pat Fallon
  • Rep. David Joyce
  • Rep. Michelle Steel
  • Rep. Tom McClintock
  • Rep. David Valadao
  • Rep. Pete Sessions

To read the full bill text, click here. To watch the press conference livestream, click here.


Recent polling by the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation shows that the majority of young adults lack understanding of the true meaning and history of communism. As a result, communism is losing its traditional taboo. The same poll showed that 1 in 5 millennials view communism favorably, and 1 in 3 members of Gen-Z.

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation was founded in 1993 by a unanimous act of Congress. It is dedicated to the purpose of “educating Americans about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism.”