Rosen, Cramer, Blumenthal, Rubio, Cardin Bipartisan Bill to Reauthorize Never Again Education Act Passes the Senate

Bipartisan Legislation Will Extend Federal Holocaust Education Program And Resources Created By Rosen’s 2020 Bipartisan Law

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) announced that the Senate unanimously passed her legislation to reauthorize the bipartisan Never Again Education Act through 2030. The legislation was co-led by Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Ben Cardin (D-MD). Senator Rosen’s bipartisan Never Again Education Act was originally signed into law in 2020 and established a federal fund through the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum to provide teachers with resources and training to teach students the important lessons of the Holocaust. This bill will reauthorize the program through 2030, as it is currently set to expire next year.

“At a time of rising antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion, it’s more important than ever to educate the next generation of Americans about the atrocities of the Holocaust and the dangers of anti-Jewish bigotry,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m proud to see that my bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Never Again Education Act has passed the Senate. This bill will ensure that educators will continue to have access to resources to teach students about the Holocaust. I’ll keep working across the aisle to combat antisemitism and advance Holocaust education.”

“Combating antisemitism starts with education,” said Senator Cramer. “The dramatic rise in antisemitic behavior since the October 7 attack on Israel is alarming and a result of a distorted, inaccurate understanding of history. I am grateful the Never Again Education Act passed the Senate and look forward to its passage in the House and getting signed into law by the President.”

“The Holocaust horrors must be taught or history may then repeat,” said Senator Blumenthal. “Reauthoring the Never Again Education Act will ensure teachers have access to the resources they need to thoughtfully educate about one of the darkest chapters in human history. With the Senate passage, we take a step forward to combat antisemitism and fight hate in all its forms.”

“After the unjust and horrific attack against Israel on October 7, 2023, we have seen a worldwide rise of antisemitic hate,” said Senator Rubio. “From college campuses to synagogues, pro-Hamas elements are threatening our nation’s Jewish communities while Holocaust denial is growing among young Americans. We must protect our nation’s Jewish communities by promoting education on the horrors of antisemitism. The Never Again Education Act is a step forward to combat the evil of antisemitism and ensure ‘Never Again’ means never again.” 

“Over the past decade, Holocaust distortion and antisemitism has grown in intensity worldwide,” said Senator Cardin. “We must do all we can to ensure that history isn’t forgotten or misrepresented. The Never Again Education Reauthorization Act supports the work necessary to reinforce a complete and accurate representation of history in our education system while combating antisemitism through education.”

Senator Rosen has been a leader in the bipartisan fight to combat antisemitism and Holocaust denial and distortion. She helped launch the first-ever Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism and led the push to create the first-ever national strategy to counter antisemitism released earlier this year. Senator Rosen also helped introduce a bipartisan resolution denouncing antisemitism at institutions of higher education, which passed the Senate unanimously. Last year, she introduced a bipartisan bill to strengthen Holocaust education at public schools as well as awareness of available Holocaust educational resources in local communities. Last Congress, Rosen was appointed to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.