WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA), ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, rebuked the Biden administration’s new Title IX proposed rule that coerces schools to allow biological males to compete in women’s sports or risk losing federal funds. 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.
“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.”
Last summer, the Biden administration proposed a similar rule to include gender identity in Title IX discrimination protections, excluding athletics.