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Francis Rooney Looks to Protect Free Speech on College Campuses

March 12, 2019 - 12:45pm
Francis Rooney
Francis Rooney

With free speech attacked under attack on college campuses across the nation, a congressman from the Sunshine State is hoping to protect it with a new proposal. 

This week, U.S. Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., brought out  the “Free Right to Expression in Education (FREE) Act.” 
 
On Tuesday, Rooney’s office outlined what his proposal would do if it crossed the finish line. 
 
“This legislation will prevent colleges from quarantining free expression and end unconstitutional zones used to stifle student speech. In combination with President Trump’s proposed executive order to cut off research funding to schools that do not respect freedom of speech, we can stop this erosion of our constitutional rights,” Rooney’s office noted. 
 
Rooney, now at the start of his second term in Congress, also offered insight on why he had introduced the bill. 
 
 “Many colleges and universities restrict our First Amendment rights by limiting ‘protected’ speech to certain narrowly restricted areas instead of nurturing campus-wide free speech,” Rooney said on Tuesday. “Our freedom of speech should not be confined to designated areas.  Free speech is either free or it is not. That is what the 1st Amendment is all about.
 
“Higher education should be a platform for the peaceful but free exchange of ideas and open debate,” Rooney added. “Learning occurs when one’s beliefs are challenged and defended. This is what the original idea of the university was based upon.”
 
Rooney’s bill was sent to the U.S. House Education and Labor Committee on Monday. So far, he has not reeled in any cosponsors. There is no version of the bill yet over in the U.S. Senate. 

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JUST CANCEL ALL "FEDERAL GRANTS" TO COLLEGES, AND FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS, UNTIL ALL 'CONCERNED' FULLY UNDERSTAND OUR U.S. CONSTITUTION, ITS AMENDMENTS, AND ABIDE BY THEM ! (YEAH,.. "THAT'LL DO THE TRICK !" ) [next problem ?]

I don't know Rooney but I do know our college campuses are liberal and leftist indoctrination centers. It will stop after a few multi-million $ lawsuits are awarded to conservatives (already qued up) but until then proposals like Rooneys will amplify the leftist goon plague. President Trump should have HHS declare Trump Derangement Syndrome a National Emergency and begin placing those affected in isolation camps until they can be treated (i.e., deported). Hell Yeah! #MAGA

Another rich Gordon Drive Naples millionaire. Congress is a plaything. Let illegals in - why not. they will work for his construction comp[any doing labor cheap. Rooney is protecting himself and his developer buddies. This guy cares more about $$$$$$$$$$ than he does America. WAKE UP FOLKS DOWN NAPLES WAY - YOU VOTED IN THE WRONG GUY!!!!!!!!!

Look, he made his money building mostly government projects. Schools, parks and even the DC visitors center. he knows how to make a buck from government. This guy is so conflicted it isn't funny. Fif they pick the wrong guy - WELL, YEAH! Now what?

Who is this guy Rooney? What does he solidly stand for? Anything? Every week he changes positions. Why won't he support Trump? He is against the border wall. Now he is dull on with the Everglades Foundation and a major enemy of sugar and Florida agriculture??? Now he is the free speech champ? SORRY ROONEY - YOU ARE A FLIP-FLOPPING MESS. We voted for you and now - given a second look - if Bongino runs again - you lose. I will take the fellow who understands our local economy, our nations security and the fact we need to eat and work WITH farmers - NOT DESTROY THEM. ROONEY HAS LOST MY FAMILY'S VOTE. HE DOESN'T REPRESENT FLORIDA VALUES. TIME TO REPLACE HIM. BONGINO

"Bongino",.. YEAH !

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