Submission of the Prison Rape Joke Preservation Act came Friday in response to a statement made earlier in the week by President Obama.
While making a speech at the NAACP National Convention in Philadelphia on Tuesday, Obama made comments about prison reform which included the statement against prison rape jokes.
“We should not be tolerating rape in prison, and we shouldn’t be making jokes about it in our popular culture,” said Obama. “That is no joke. These things are unacceptable.”
“This is just another example in a long list of where the current administration is in the wrong,” said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), “there are checks and balances, and we intend to make sure they remain.”
According to Boehner, dehumanizing prisoners is important to his constituency and American history.
“We will not sit idly by while this imperial president hands down decrees suggesting we maybe have even a little compassion for prisoners,” said Boehner.
If the PRJPA is passed it would make Prison Rape Joke Day a federally recognized holiday as well as authorize funding for a museum dedicated to cataloging and preserving for public display every written and spoken joke referring to prison rape.