Republican Senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski voted against a resolution expressing congressional disapproval to prevent the USDA from retaliating against schools that do not comply with the Biden Administration’s radical gender ideology. Democrat Joe Manchin was the lone non-Republican vote in support of the resolution. Republican Sen. Tim Scott, Independent Senator Angus King and Democrat Sen Padilla were not present.
The Congressional Review Act resolution would have struck down Biden’s policy.
Republican Sen. James Lankford said the Biden Administration is “bullying” schools by cutting off food to kids if the school refuses to allow boys in girls’ bathrooms or locker rooms.
“Using the free and reduced school lunch program as a bargaining tool for progressive ideology is shameful,” Lankford said. “Every school administrator wants to help students learn and grow. Respecting the rights of all students, includes respecting the rights of girls that do not want a boy in their bathroom.”
Senator Roger Marshall sand there is “real-world evidence” the policy is already taking school lunch funding from low-income children.
“Weaponizing school lunch money in pursuit of their radical agenda and putting students in the crosshairs is unconscionable,” Marshall said. “We will not stand for it.”
Senator Ted Cruz called it an “outrageous policy.”
“No girl playing girls’ sports should have to compete against someone who has a physical, biological advantage,” he said. “This Biden Administration rule is the opposite of what Title IX is all about, and I hope Congress puts an end to it.”
Twenty-two states have filed lawsuits against the USDA over weaponizing the lunch funding against schools that do not follow the radical transgender agenda.