Press Release: Tuberville Offers Amendment Protecting Women’s Title IX Rights

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.”

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Senator Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in United States Senate and is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans’ Affairs, and HELP Committees.

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