Steve King calls for 'civil disobedience' on Obama bathroom directive
© Anne Wernikoff

Influential conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) is advising "civil disobedience" against the Obama administration's directive last week telling public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms that match their gender identities.

“We should call for civil disobedience here,” King told Iowa radio host Simon Conway on Tuesday, Buzzfeed News reported.

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“And there’s no reason for us to follow an unconstitutional edict from the president, who is on his way out the door.”

King said last week that the administration's actions in response to state-level "bathroom laws" are executive overreach. He said he would likely call a hearing on Obama's directive.

"I oppose that piece of policy," King said on C-SPAN Friday. "And it's a topic we're likely to bring up in a future hearing before the task force that I chair." 

The directive is not a law, but schools that fail to comply face lawsuits or loss of federal aid for breaching Title IX requirements.

King on Tuesday repeated his threats to hold hearings. He said the Commission on Civil Rights received an increase in its funding and spent that money to hire more personnel who needed to "find more things to do."

“And that is the root of this school policy or where Obama got it from,” King said in the radio interview.

“So we’re going to explore that more fully. I need to be more astute at how movements begin, the genesis of these kinds of policies, so that we can go find them before they proliferate and become contagious across the countryside.”