House Education and Workforce Committee
will be reviewing bills that would
prohibit biological males
from competing in women’s sports programs and protect
at a Wednesday markup, the committee announced Monday.
The panel, led by Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC), announced Monday that it had scheduled the first committee markup for the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act of 2023 and the Parents Bill of Rights Act.
“The Biden administration is orchestrating a radical culture shift in America’s schools that is fundamentally changing what students are exposed to in the classroom and on the field,” Foxx said in a statement. “We’ve learned that prolonged school closures have set students back years in learning and development, yet the Left is more focused on peddling an agenda that silences parents’ voices and allows biological males to compete in women’s sports.”
Both legislative proposals have been singled out as priorities of the new Republican-controlled House. In February, House Speaker
(R-CA) and other Republican lawmakers, including Foxx, hosted an event at the U.S. Capitol with parents to mark the introduction of the Parents Bill of Rights, which was introduced as H.R. 5 in recognition of the age students begin kindergarten.
“By putting forth legislative measures that create a Parents Bill of Rights and protect women’s sports,” Foxx said Monday, “Republicans are making good on our promise to establish a future that is built on freedom, where a child’s academics are put first and parents have a say in their children’s curriculum.”
Both bills mirror a number of similar laws passed at the state level. Florida enacted a Parents Bill of Rights last year, and over a dozen states have passed bills prohibiting biological males in women’s sports programs.