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Rounds, Hyde-Smith, Cassidy Introduce Measure to Stop Biden Administration’s Title IX Changes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.), Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member, introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to save Title IX from a Biden administration rule that tramples on rights for girls and women.

The resolution, if passed, would overturn the Biden Department of Education final rule titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance.” Among other things, the revised Title IX rule redefines “sex” to include gender identity and rescinds due process protections for students in disciplinary procedures.

Broadly, opposition to the final Title IX regulation is targeted at the Education Department importing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) protections into Title IX, extending protection to gender identity and sexual orientation. This radical shift will allow biological males who identify as females to compete in women’s and girls’ sports.

“Title IX was created to protect girls and women from discrimination, not to be used for political purposes,” said Rounds. “The Biden administration’s glaring misinterpretation of this rule will harm women who have the right to a level playing field. I am proud to join my colleagues in introducing this CRA to protect the rights of women from a far-left political game.”

“President Biden’s Title IX regulation stretches the law way beyond reason, ignores basic biological facts, and infringes on the rights of parents and teachers. It is a backward rule that only hurts women and girls, by stripping away opportunities and rights they have enjoyed for decades,” said Hyde-Smith. “We must save Title IX by stopping this radical rule.”

“Title IX has been about making sure women have a fair shake relative to men. The new Biden rule radically overhauls Title IX, injecting a progressive gender ideology that removes longstanding protections for women and girls. This is the death of Title IX as we know it,” said Dr. Cassidy. “Proud to join this CRA to stand with all women and girls, and ensure they have every opportunity to succeed on the field and in the classroom.”

The resolution is also cosponsored by U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Roger Marshall (R-Neb.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.) and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio.).

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