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16 Republicans oppose House bill on educating the public on Japanese American incarceration during WWII

  • Sixteen House Republicans voted against a bill that seeks to educate the public on the history of Japanese Americans in World War II, including their incarceration experience.
  • The legislation, which passed with 406 yeas, will direct the Secretary of the Interior to create a “Japanese American World War II History Network” within the National Park Service.
  • Rep. Bruce Westerman (Ark.), the leading Republican on the House Natural Resources Committee, said the bill will ensure that Japanese American history, “no matter how painful it may be, is always remembered.”
  • The House also passed a bill that would preserve the concentration camps and create a grant program to promote education on Japanese American incarceration.

Sixteen GOP lawmakers voted against a House bill that seeks to promote public education on the history of Japanese Americans in World War II, including their incarceration in so-called “internment camps.”

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Jay Obernolte of California — who is also a Republican — ultimately passed with 406 yeas on Wednesday, while 10 others did not vote.