WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) offered an amendment on the Senate Floor today to safeguard Title IX protections for young women in the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion stimulus bill. Under the amendment, educational institutions would be prohibited from receiving federal funding if they allow biological males to compete against women in programs designed for women.
Senator Tuberville has spoken out previously against attempts to erode Title IX protections, writing in the Washington Examiner that Democrats’ efforts would “set back women’s sports by half a century.”
Though the amendment had broad support, Senate Democrats blocked it from even being considered by a vote of 49-50.
Excerpts from Senator Tuberville’s remarks on the amendment can be found below and the full video can be found here.
Sen. Tuberville Floor Remarks
“I started my career coaching high school football, girls and boys basketball 45 years ago, just a few years after Title IX was enacted. It ensured young women had the same opportunities as young men, and the same access to funding, facilities and athletic scholarships. Title IX has given young women the long denied platform that had always been afforded to men. And today, America’s female athletes are routinely the best performing on the world stage.
“My amendment, co-sponsored by Senators Graham and Marshall, recognizes Title IX’s role in protecting women in education and in sports. Under this amendment, educational institutions would be prohibited from receiving funding if biological males are allowed to compete in women’s athletics. This amendment safeguards fairness and equality for women.
“This amendment will ensure that education funding in the bill is properly directed to schools that are focused on COVID response and recovery rather than pushing a liberal agenda. I ask my colleagues to support this amendment.”
Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.