Other Republican amendments related to China and Afghanistan were among the nearly 800 proposed for the National Defense Authorization Act, forcing the committee to stay in session until the predawn hours of Thursday.
At least three amendments to the defense bill related to critical race theory were introduced by Republican Reps. Jim Banks, Mark Green, and Vicky Hartzler, according to Bloomberg News reporter Andrew Solender.
“Today, I will be offering an amendment in the House Armed Services Committee to ban racist Critical Race Theory teachings in our military,” Banks tweeted before the vote. Green and Hartzler’s amendments were similar.
Many Republicans have been concerned the theory that teaches historical racism and misogyny are still present in modern-day U.S. institutions has begun to seep into the military.
Some lawmakers have evidenced this by the Pentagon’s new focus on diversity and inclusion.
Earlier Wednesday, The committee adopted a Republican amendment to increase defense spending by nearly $ 25 billion, making the overall budget $ 778 billion.