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U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), and 19 Republican colleagues issued a clear rebuke of U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona’s proposed changes to Title IX and condemned the Biden administration’s plan to force schools to allow biological males to compete against women in sports.

Senator Ernst has been a vocal advocate of preserving Title IX and recently joined Riley Gaines, a former 12x All-American swimmer at the University of Kentucky, in urging the Biden administration to protect the integrity of women’s sports.

“Congress made clear that its intention in passing Title IX was to prohibit discrimination against women participating fully in all aspects of athletic and academic opportunity at institutions that received federal financial assistance,” wrote the senators. “This proposed rule uses weakly-associated case law and polarizing social concepts to broaden the definition of women and girls to include individuals who identify as women, and in so doing, the intent of the law is destroyed, and women are marginalized yet again.”

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