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Westerman Statement on Obama Administration Rule on Transgender Restrooms

May 13, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Bruce Westerman (AR-04) issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration’s directive ordering schools to allow transgender students to use the restroom of their gender choice:

“Last night, the Obama administration made our children political pawns in a move that promotes perversion,” Westerman said. “Threatening our local schools over who uses which restrooms is an attempt to bully local schools into accepting an offensive, radical social agenda. I will not stand for this attack on children, nor will the American people. I condemn in the strongest terms the actions of the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice and will work with my House colleagues on an answer that ensures local schools continue to have local control without interference and intimidation from Washington.”

BACKGROUND INFORMATION
U.S. Department of Education:
U.S. Departments of Education and Justice Release Joint Guidance to Help Schools Ensure the Civil Rights of Transgender Students (Press Release)
U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Department of Justice: Dear Colleague Letter on Transgender Students (.pdf)