U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Subcommittee on Children and Families, condemned the Biden administration’s new Title IX proposed rule that coerces schools to allow biological males to compete in women’s sports.
“For more than 50 years, Title IX has been a historic success for women and girls in this country,” said Senator Tuberville. “As a coach, educator, and mentor, I’ve seen its success firsthand. The Biden administration’s policies have already taken a sledgehammer to Title IX, and this proposed rule is another example of Joe Biden doing the bidding of the radical left. This new rule is a disservice to every girl in this country who dreams of becoming a student athlete. I urge the Biden administration to listen to parents, teachers, and coaches, and not to follow through with these misguided policies. Our colleagues in Congress will have to consider every option available to nullify this harmful new rule, including passing my legislation, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.”
The proposed rule would revise students’ Title IX discrimination protections in athletics to include gender identity. It would also allow the federal government to defund schools and overrule state policies aimed at supporting women in sports, after they are implemented, without providing clarity as to what kind of policy, if any, would comply.
In March, Senator Tuberville led more than half of the Senate Republican Conference in reintroducing the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act. The legislation would preserve Title IX protections for female athletes and ensure fair, safe competition in women’s sports across the country.
Senator Tuberville’s condemnation echoes the rebuke from U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate HELP Committee.
“This is a fairness issue. Female athletes who work extremely hard should not have their future in athletics hindered because they are forced to compete against biological males who have an unfair physical advantage,” said Dr. Cassidy. “This action by the administration is completely against the spirit of Title IX to promote participation in sports for girls and women.”