Reps. Donovan, Maloney push for hearing on Holocaust education act

Source: 1010 WINS

By David Caplan

In a bipartisan move, Republican Rep. Dan Donovan and Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney have requested that the House Committee on Education and the Workforce hold a hearing on the Never Again Education Act, which would increase Holocaust education across the country.

The Act would provide educators with tools and training to teach about the Holocaust. The Act has yet to have a hearing.

Donovan, who represents Staten Island and south Brooklyn, and Maloney, who represents parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens, have renewed their call for a hearing following the shooting massacre at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue Saturday morning that left 11 people dead.

In a letter to committee chairwoman Virginia Foxx and ranking member Bobby Scott, Donovan and Maloney wrote, “As we condemn this horrendous attack and the anti-Semitism that caused it, we also must ensure that our children and students understand the dangers of rising anti-Semitism and that they know its history. For if we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to repeat it.”

In a separate tweet Wednesday, Maloney wrote, “In light of all the anti-Semitic & racist violence we’ve seen lately, the #NeverAgain Education Act is more needed than ever. As the bill’s lead sponsors, @RepDanDonovan & I are asking for action on this bipartisan bill that hasnt even been given a hearing.”

Separately, the Jewish Voice newspaper announced its endorsement of Donovan on Tuesday.