tv U.S. House of Representatives Republican Motion on LGBTQ Bill CSPAN May 17, 2019 10:06pm-10:17pm EDT
other national and state organizations, including the american medical association, the central conference of american rabbis, the episcopal church, the lawyer's committee for civil rights under law, the leadership conference on civil and human rights, the naacp, the national alliance to end sexual violence, the national coalition of anti-violence programs, the national women's law center, network lobby for catholic social justice, the united methodist church, general board of church and society. it's also been endorsed by dozens of business association, including the u.s. chamber of commerce, the national association of manufacturers, and the sports and fitness industry association. mr. speaker, the time has come to proclaim liberty and equality throughout the land. mr. speaker, i now commend the bill to the judgment of the house and i comm
>> before voting on passage of the bill, the house debated a motion to recommit, an effort by the bill's opponent to block the legislation. florida republican greg steube introduced the motion. mr. speaker. i want to make it abundantly clear exactly what this motion to recommit does so i am going to read it. it's very short. nothing in this bill act or any amendment made by this act may be construed to diminish any protections under title 9 of the education amendments of 1972. mr. steube: the threat this possesses at women's sports is profound. as describe by the expert, professor coleman, she states there is a significant performance difference between males and females. testosterone is the prifere driver of that difference. there is a wide gap. no overlap between the male and female at the tost rone ranges. there is no scientific doubt that men as a group perform better than women in sports.
indeed this is why men and androgens.with this will mean the end of women sports. as tennis great martina navratilova wrote in "the washington post," in its current form, the equality act will damage title 9 which governs sports -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman will suspend. the gentleman is correct. the house is not in order. the gentleman is recognized. mr. steube: this would amend the 1964 civil rights act by redefining sex to include gender identity. without an exception the definition would apply to all amendments to the 1964 act including title 9. most schools, colleges, the naacp, and the olympic committee would be affected because they receive federal funds and operate in interstate commerce. the legislation would make it
unlawful to differentiate among girls and women in sports on the basis of sex for any purpose. for example, a sports team couldn't treat a transgender woman differently from a woman who is not transgender on the ground that the former is male bodied. yet, the reality is putting male and female bodied athletes together is co-ed or open sport. in open sport, females lose. some equality act advocates argue this is hyperbole and outdated stereotype. they say as the aclu has, that girls can compete against boys. starting in puberit and every sport except sailing, shooting, there will be a significant number of boys and men would beat the best girls in head-to-head competition. claims to the contrary are simply a denial of science. those are not my words. those are the words of female tennis great martina navratilova. in footnote 44. the democrat majority states that sex is a protected
characteristics under title 6 of the bill, in relation to title 9 of the education amendment, it's the committee's intention not to alter in any way title 9 or the scope or availability of its exemptions as it currently stand. rather, title 9 in the revised title 6 should be read as being complementary provisions that provide overlapping protection against sex discrimination, unquote. but, of course, we all know that allowing biological males to compete against biological females is not an overlapping protection. it is instead a violation of women's rights to engage in competitive sports on an even playing field. and to enjoy the protection of their own spaces reserved for biological females. and so this motion to recommit is essential to protecting the rights of women and girls in sports that h.r. 5 currently denies. even the obama administration wrote a letter to schools regarding title 9 enforcements, making clear they should continue to be able to enforce policies that are, quote, tailored requirements based on sound, current, research-based
medical knowledge about the impact of the individual's parmings on the -- participation on the competitive fairness. this will not kill the bill or delay the consideration. if this motion to recommit is adopted, the bill proceeds directly to final passage. if h.r. 5 becomes law, our daughters will be asking us, what did you do when moves were made to eliminate women's sports? it's worth considering that question now before it's too late. i urge all my colleagues to join me in protecting title 9 and protecting women sports and supporting this motion to recommit. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. for what purpose does the gentleman from -- for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? >> i rise to oppose the motion to recommit with all of my heart. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. >> i can't believe that we're standing here and having a man tell me what kind of rotections i need in sports.
this is fear mongering about trans women playing in sports. are you kidding me? i don't know if my colleagues on the other side of the aisle realize that they met trans people but they have, they definitely have, and i met many and this motion reflects nothing more than the prejudice of my colleagues. my staff have put together a lot of talking points for you today, but it's much simpler than that. the equality act ensures that lgbtq women and girls who are lesbian, bisexual or transgender will all have the same opportunities as their peers. ms. hill: in sports, in housing, in jobs. the discrimination that trans individuals face just trying to live their lives every single day is something beyond what most of us could ever imagine. through my worth on the issue of homelessness, i saw trans women affected by discrimination at every single stage of their lives.
they have higher rates of poverty, higher rates of sexual abuse, higher rates of homelessness, and i can tell you, no trans person is trying to game the system to participate in sports. that does not happen, and that is a sad scare tactic that has no place on the floor of the people's house. state of schools and organizations across the country have found for many years letting lgbtq student athletes, including girls and women who are transgender participate in sports, does not harm women and girl's sports in any way. as an athlete, athletic success is based on so many factors like individual ability and strength and this varies widely for people that are not trans it doesn't matter if one is transgender or not. advocates such as the national women's law center, national women's sports foundation, women's leaders in college sports, and others, support trans-inclusive policies and oppose efforts to exclude
transgender people from participating in sports. this is not a new concept. trans people have participated in sports for years. stop the fear mongering. this is 2019 and we are not afraid of the boogie man that you are trying to create. we are ready to move forward and tell all of our constituents, all of our communities, all of americans hat they matter equally. you, my colleagues, are on the wrong side of history and we will be waiting for you on the other side when we reject this amendment and pass h.r. 5. and i yield to the gentleman rom new hampshire. mr. pappas: well, thank you, mr. speaker. thank you to my colleague, my fellow co-chair. the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the gentleman from new hampshire is recognized. mr. pappas: thank you. thank you to my colleague,
representative hill from california, my fellow co-chair of the equality caucus. as she rightfully notes, nothing in the equality acts act infringes upon women's rights. if it did we would not be supporting it so vociferously today. this m.t.r. is searching for something that doesn't exist. for those that have been involved in the fight for equality, this tactic isn't new or surprising. we've seen it before. we've seen the deliberate distractions, the unsounded fears, the faulty arguments on our way toward progress. this legislation simply gives lgbtq individuals full equality. nothing more and nothing less. when we end legal discrimination in housing, employment, in public services, we will steer our nation closer to the full realization of its founding principles. and the notion we are all created equal. as a proud member of the lgbtq community, i can attest that attitudes in this country have changed for the better, and it's time our laws catch up. congress can send a message to
lgbtq americans everywhere, that we see you, that we celebrate you for who you are. this vote will change laws and it will save lives. in passing the equality act today, we can say unequivocally that everyone matters, that everyone can be themselves, that no one should live in fear or be treated as a second class citizen in the united states of america, not today and not ever. full equality under the law, nothing less and nothing more. i urge my colleagues to vote no on this motion to recommit. i welcome you to become a part of history. join us on the right side of history. do the right thing today. vote no on this m.t.r. and stand for full equality for the lgbtq community. i yield back.