CV NEWS FEED // Two Republican lawmakers introduced resolutions to strike down a proposed Biden administration rule that would penalize schools that don’t go along with pro-“trans” policies by withholding school lunch funds.
The rule Rep. Scott Franklin, R-FL, and Sen. Roger Marshall, R-KS, are working to end was proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service in May of last year.
FOX News reported that the proposed rule looks to change “the interpretation of discrimination on the basis of sex under Title IX in the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] to include sexual orientation and gender identity.”
“While the Biden White House stoops so low as to use school lunch as leverage in a political game to intimidate school systems into adopting their woke agenda, we’ve worked hard in Florida to kick progressive culture wars out of the classroom and keep parents in charge,” Franklin said Monday via a release to FOX News:
We don’t coparent with the federal government. The USDA does not have the authority to impose LGBTQ ideology and dangerous social experiments like shared bathrooms and locker rooms on local schools.
Marshall added that in “Joe Biden’s America public schools must support Democrats’ radical transgender movement or they’re at risk of losing substantial funding.”
He urged that Congressional Republicans
must stop this policy dead in its tracks to protect access to school lunches for students across the country and send a clear message to this Administration: stop weaponizing the federal government in your pursuit of indoctrinating children.
The USDA has NO authority to require biological boys to be given access to girl’s bathrooms and locker rooms, nor do they have the power to allow biological boys to compete against biological girls in girls’ sports.
A press release from the USDA at the time the policy was announced stated they were “issuing this interpretation to help ensure its programs are open, accessible and help promote food and nutrition security, regardless of demographics.”
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said that his department “is committed to administering all its programs with equity and fairness, and serving those in need with the highest dignity.”
“A key step in advancing these principles is rooting out discrimination in any form,” Vilsack argued,
including discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. At the same time, we must recognize the vulnerability of the LGBTQI+ communities and provide them with an avenue to grieve any discrimination they face. We hope that by standing firm against these inequities we will help bring about much-needed change.