Resolution of Disapproval Seeks to Restore Title IX Rights Reserved for Women and Girls

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) today introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution of disapproval to save Title IX from a radical Biden administration rule that tramples on rights given to girls and women for decades.

The resolution, if passed, would overturn the Biden Department of Education final rule titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance.”  Among other things, the revised Title IX rule redefines “sex” to include gender identity and rescinds due process protections for students in disciplinary procedures.

“President Biden’s Title IX regulation stretches the law way beyond reason, ignores basic biological facts, and infringes on the rights of parents and teachers.  It is a backward rule that only hurts women and girls, by stripping away opportunities and rights they have enjoyed for decades,” Hyde-Smith said.  “We must save Title IX by stopping this radical rule.”

Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee Ranking Member Bill Cassidy, M.D. (La.) is the lead cosponsor of the measure.

“Title IX has been about making sure women have a fair shake relative to men.  The new Biden rule radically overhauls Title IX, injecting a progressive gender ideology that removes longstanding protections for women and girls.  This is the death of Title IX as we know it,” said Dr. Cassidy.  “Proud to join this CRA to stand with all women and girls, and ensure they have every opportunity to succeed on the field and in the classroom.”

S.J.Res.96 cosponsors also include U.S. Senators Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), Katie Britt (R-Ala.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), Roger Marshall (R-Neb.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), James Risch (R-Idaho), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Tim Scott (R-S.C.), Ted Budd (R-N.C.), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Eric Schmitt (R-Mo.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), and J.D. Vance (R-Ohio.).

The Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) supports the congressional effort to save Title IX.

“Thank you, Senator Hyde-Smith, for standing up for fairness and for common sense.  Congress wrote and passed Title IX more than 50 years ago to ensure that women have equal opportunity in education, including athletics.  The Biden administration has now illegally re-written this law to gut those protections for women and destroy equal opportunity and fairness. Congress, the people's elected representatives, need to put a stop to it,” said Carrie Lukas, IWF President.

Broadly, opposition to the final Title IX regulation is targeted at the Education Department importing Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) protections into Title IX, extending protection to gender identity and sexual orientation.  This radical shift, which essentially legislates through regulation, will allow biological males who identify as females to compete in women’s and girls’ sports.

The CRA was also filed on the basis that the final rule threatens free speech on campus, protects teacher unions, and hurts due process protections for students accused of sexual harassment on campus.  Further, noncompliance with Title IX regulations jeopardizes all federal funds an institution receives. 

Congress can consider this resolution using expedited procedures under the Congressional Review Act and can pass it by a simple majority vote.