Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., have introduced a bill that aims to ban the use of the term “Latinx” on official documents by federal agencies and employees.

The bill, known as the “Respect for Hispanic Americans Act,” aligns with similar legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. María Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., called the “Reject Latinx Act.”

According to a press release, Cruz stated, “Hispanic Americans overwhelmingly oppose the term ‘Latinx,’ and I want to ensure that our government does not succumb to woke activists within our federal departments or agencies by insisting on using this ridiculous terminology. It has no place in official government communication, and I am proud to partner with Sen. Rubio to keep it out.”

Rubio added, “Hispanic Americans do not need contrived woke terminology imposed on us. The term ‘Latinx’ has no place in official communications by federal agencies, as it is an insulting term used by progressive elites.”

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Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., introduced legislation to prohibit the use of the term “Latinx” on federal documents. (Getty Images)

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who previously signed a state law banning the term “Latinx” for government officials, praised the introduction of the bill on Twitter.

“This type of language is only used on college campuses and by woke corporations, not by the Hispanic community,” tweeted the Republican governor.

When Salazar introduced her legislation in April, she criticized the Biden administration for its “woke crusade” on Latino identity and the Spanish language through the use of “Latinx.”

“We cannot let the Biden administration attack our language and impose progressive ideology on our people through White House communications,” stated Salazar.

The Biden administration has promoted the term “Latinx” as a means of inclusivity, but it has not gained widespread adoption in the Latin American community.

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