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Rep. Steve King: I’ll likely hold hearing on Obama’s bathroom directive

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Friday said he would likely call a hearing on President Obama’s directive telling public schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identities. 

{mosads}”I oppose that piece of policy. I think … it is an executive overreach,” 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, while it doesn’t bear the force of law, carries a threat: Schools that don’t comply could face lawsuits or a loss of federal aid for breaching Title IX requirements.

In the “Dear Colleague” letter sent out to every public school district in the U.S., the Obama administration cites Title IX, passed in 1972, for the source of its legality, saying it prohibits discrimination in educational programs, which includes gender identity. 

“There is no room in our schools for discrimination of any kind, including discrimination against transgender students on the basis of their sex,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in a statement.

“This guidance gives administrators, teachers and parents the tools they need to protect transgender students from peer harassment and to identify and address unjust school policies.”

It is signed by officials at the Justice Department and Department of Education. 


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