A group of House Republicans on Wednesday unveiled a plan that would repeal an important part of the Obama-era transgender law, one that many of them argue could lead to a legal challenge from a conservative group.
The proposed legislation, which is not expected to make it to the House floor for a vote before the end of the week, would reverse the Obama administration’s ruling that would allow transgender people to use the bathrooms of their choice.
The proposal, which would eliminate a provision of the law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity and expression, comes after Trump’s administration announced it would end the federal government’s requirement that schools and colleges allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity.
The administration said it would not enforce the rule.
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee also plan to introduce a bill to reverse the rule and provide protections for transgender students, including a federal “right to sue” that would protect students who are harmed by school districts’ policies that discriminate against them.
Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., a member of the Judiciary Committee, said the proposal would end a legal win for the LGBT community.
“Today, our country has reached a tipping point,” DeLauros said in a statement.
“This proposal is a step forward to finally address this crisis and ensure that transgender students are able to thrive in school and in our community.”
The proposal was endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
It would end what the committee called a “misguided interpretation of the transgender rights law.”
“The Obama administration failed to understand that transgender people are not boys and girls, that they are people of the same biological sex, that we can live as who we are and not be discriminated against,” Cruz said in his statement.
Sen. Mike Lee, R and the committee chairman, said in the statement that repealing the transgender law would protect “all students, not just those who are transgender.”
The transgender rights measure has become a rallying point for Republicans and conservatives who oppose LGBT rights legislation.
On Tuesday, the Senate passed a measure that would have blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a federal rule barring discrimination against transgender people in schools.
That measure died on the Senate floor when the Republican majority said it could not afford to lose votes on a measure to repeal the transgender bill.
The House proposal also aims to roll back protections for LGBT students in schools and in housing, including the housing choice voucher program.
The bill would make housing options for transgender and gender nonconforming students, as well as those with a disability, less likely to receive federal funding.
Democrats, who control the House and the Senate, have said the transgender measure could help explain the GOP’s inability to pass their own bill.
Senators from both parties said Wednesday they have not decided whether to support the House proposal.