DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Iowa says he’ll introduce legislation that would cut the budgets of state universities that spend money on students upset about the presidential election.
The Des Moines Register reports that Rep. Bobby Kaufmann calls the planned legislation the “suck it up, buttercup bill.” It would target state universities that use taxpayer dollars to fund election-related sit-ins and grief counseling above and beyond what is normally available to students.
Iowa’s public four-year universities say no such money has been spent.
University of Northern Iowa students and faculty gathered at three sessions to discuss the election and their fears. Iowa State University students and faculty held a rally, and University of Iowa student groups held events. The schools say no extra funds were spent on the events.