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posted Friday, June 10, 2016 - Volume 44 Issue 24
GOP congressman wants to ban Trans people from DC toilets
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GOP congressman wants to ban Trans people from DC toilets

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican congressman Steve King of Iowa has introduced legislation to ban Transgender people from toilets in the US Capitol and a number of other DC buildings.

King submitted the measure as an amendment to a spending bill providing money for the day-to-day operations of Congress.

'None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to encourage, allow, or require any individual to use any bathroom other than the bathroom of the individual's biological sex,' King's amendment reads.

In other words, Trans people would be barred from using gender-appropriate restrooms in the Capitol Building, House and Senate office buildings, the Library of Congress, and other buildings under congressional jurisdiction.

Under House rules, the amendment must go to the House Rules Committee, which is considering the 2017 legislative branch appropriations bill. If the committee approves King's amendment, it will then come up for a vote when the House considers the underlying spending bill.

According to the Washington Blade, a vote on the spending measure could come within the week.

Since Republicans control the House, King should have little problem passing his amendment if House Republican leaders approve it. While Republicans also have a majority in the US Senate, they lack the 60 votes necessary to bring the measure up for a vote, so even if it passes the House, it is not likely to become law.

'Rep. King's opposition to basic fairness and equality for LGBTQ people is no secret,' HRC government affairs director David Stacy said in a statement.

'Today he's proposing an amendment that would tell every Members' transgender constituents they aren't welcome to visit the Capitol, the Library of Congress, or a House or Senate office building. Surely the House of Representatives has important work it should be getting done for the American people instead of targeting transgender Americans. The House should reject this harmful and mean-spirited amendment.'

Other amendments proposed by King would bar hiring undocumented immigrants to work in the Capitol or congressional office buildings, empower the Capitol Police to enforce immigration laws, and allow people to carry firearms on Capitol grounds.

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