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Rep. Ratcliffe opposes administration's transgender bathroom directive

Washington, DC, May 13, 2016

Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement in response to the administration’s directive Friday requiring public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms of their chosen gender:

“The federal government has no role in regulating school bathroom use, and the President’s recently announced proclamation is nothing more than a blatant political stunt. Threatening to withhold funding from schools for non-compliance represents a new low for the Obama administration in its pattern of disregard for the Constitution.

“The laws as they pertain to this issue are crystal clear – gender identity is not included in the definition of sex discrimination as it relates to titles VII and IX of the Civil Rights Act. If the president disagrees with the law then he can ask Congress to change it, but he cannot do so unilaterally through executive action. I’m working with a coalition of dedicated conservatives to ensure that this attempt to circumvent the Constitution and the will of the constituents I represent will not stand.”