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A $1 Billion Federal Civic Initiative Attempts to Improve Public Trust in the US Government and Politics

A bipartisan group of senators from both parties wants to invest $1 billion in civics and history teaching in K-12 schools and universities.

Their spending push attempts to increase political understanding and trust.

According to a new poll, only two out of ten Americans trust the government. According to a Pew Research poll, 16 percent of whites, 24 percent of African-Americans, and 9% of Republicans trust the government to do the right thing on policy issues and challenges.

Senators from the United States of America The Civic Secures Democracy Act, sponsored by Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and John Cornyn, R-Texas, provides government money to schools, universities, and organisations for social studies and history programmes.

$585 million will go to state education agencies, $200 million would go to nonprofits, and $150 million will go to colleges and universities. The bill is also co-sponsored by Senators Mark Kelly (D-Arizona), Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma), Bill Cassidy (R-Louisiana), and Angus King (I-Maine).

In the 2020 election, President Joe Biden received 81.3 million votes, while former President Donald Trump received 74.2 million votes. According to the University of Florida, out of 239.2 million eligible voters, an additional 80.8 million adults did not vote in the presidential election.

“American democracy is a unique phenomenon in human history, and its survival depends on each generation’s grasp of our common history and fundamental ideals,” King stated.

“One of the most essential investments we can make to maintain this system of governance for future generations is to support civics education.”

With our country so divided, I’m hoping that this bipartisan legislation can help us come together around essential values.”

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The Supreme Court has ruled that foreign persons detained in the United States illegally cannot launch class action lawsuits.

Inhofe wants the $1 billion spending drive to be focused on educating people about the founding principles of the United States Constitution. The latest initiatives follow the inclusion of civic education funds in COVID relief packages.

The League of Women Voters, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and several business groups have endorsed the bill, which aims to increase public trust in the political and economic institutions.

“Continuing to ignore civics education will erode both our democratic institutions and our economic competitiveness,” warned Sarah Bonk, founder of Business for America. “Investing in civics education results in a more informed and involved populace, which leads to a better-educated workforce, more market stability, and improved economic outcomes.”

After job losses, shutdowns, public sector spending, and central bank infusions during the COVID pandemic, the economy is facing inflation and an impending recession.

There are also many Americans who refuse to participate in the partisan political system. According to Pew and other studies, the new media, political establishment, and employers all have negative approval ratings.

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President Joe Biden received 81.3 million votes in the 2020 election, while former President Donald Trump received 74.2 million votes. According to the University of Florida, additional 80.8 million adults out of 239.2 million eligible voters did not vote in the presidential election.

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