(ConservativeSense.com) – Republicans in both the House and the Senate of Congress are now coordinating to take down a rule proposal from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would pressure schools to adopt views about gender ideology and LGBTQ views, which many conservatives view as a social experiment.
A GOP senator from Kansas, Roger Marshall, is teaming up with GOP Rep. Scott Franklin of Florida to take on a new rule proposed by the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service that would change the interpretation of discrimination based on whether a person is male or female. The proposal would change how Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are interpreted, allowing the inclusion of gender identity and sexual orientation.
The policy change was issued by the USDA last year, which immediately sparked backlash from Republicans who pushed for the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) to roadblock the legislation. GAO deemed the policy a rule change, which means it falls under the Congressional Review Act. Marshall, Franklin, and other Republicans argue that the rule may be used by Biden and the Democratic Party to withhold funding from schools for lunches if the school refuses to comply with the new interpretation of Title IX. Effectively, Republicans believe the rule change will be used to discriminate against more conservative school districts.
Franklin said that while the Biden administration “stoops so low” to use student lunch funding “as leverage in a political game” to scare districts “into adopting” what he called the “woke agenda,” he and other Republicans “worked hard in Florida” to remove these ideologies from the classroom “and keep parents in charge.” He said the USDA doesn’t “have the authority to impose” these changes on school systems and described “shared bathrooms and locker rooms” at schools as “dangerous social experiments.”
From more strict conservative Republicans to moderates, the House version of the resolution proposed by Franklin already had 18 co-sponsors. Franklin thanked his colleagues for joining in his effort “to hold the Biden administration accountable” for what he called “an abuse of power.”
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