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Aug 8, 2022

WASHINGTON— Friday, Chairman Jim Banks released a memo outlining the 50 worst provisions in the Democrats’ reconciliation bill. Today, Chairman Banks circulated an updated version of that memo to reflect changes made in the Senate over the weekend.

You can find that memo here.

From the memo: “…the so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act of 2022’ will drive us deeper into the Biden recession by raising taxes on American families, manufacturers, and energy producers… It is just as radical and destructive as Democrats’ ‘Build Back Better’ proposal and that is why they are trying to push it through on entirely partisan lines.”

 

 

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Jun 22, 2022

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks and Congressman Doug LaMalfa are introducing the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act, legislation to help individuals who suffer from potentially sterilizing gender-transition procedures as minors and to allow them to seek justice in court. Senator Tom Cotton is leading the Senate version of the bill.

Said RSC Chairman Banks: “The Biden administration released official guidance recommending irreversible and life-altering surgery for minors too young to apply for a learner’s permit. These procedure lack any solid evidence and have been rejected by public health agencies around the world. Ten years from now, there will be hundreds of thousands of Americans who were permanently scarred by the radical left’s agenda before they reached adulthood.

If Democrats truly supported gender-confused children, they’d support our effort to give them legal recourse.”

Said Rep. LaMalfa: “Radical gender changing ideologies ignore scientific evidence and put children in harm’s way. Every time a doctor performs a gender-transitioning procedure on a minor, they endanger a vulnerable child, potentially sterilize them for life, and break their oath to ‘do no harm.’ I’m pleased to join in spearheading this legislation which will ensure a private right of action for minors who are subject to these experimental procedures and ensure that the federal government cannot force a medical practitioner to perform these procedures.”

Said Sen. Cotton: “Gender-transition procedures aren’t safe or appropriate for children. Unfortunately, radical doctors in the United States perform dangerous, experimental, and even sterilizing gender-transition procedures on young kids, who cannot even provide informed consent. Our bill allows children who grow up to regret these procedures to sue for damages. Any doctor who performs these irresponsible procedures on kids should pay.”

Find the final text of the bill here.

The Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act would:

  • Creates a private right of action allowing people who had gender-transition procedures performed on them as minors to sue the medical practitioner who performed the procedure
    • Allows victims or their legal guardian to sue for declaratory or injunctive relief, compensatory damages, and attorney’s fees
    • Provides a 30-year statute of limitation after the age of majority
    • Gender-transition procedures include puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgical procedures that change an individual’s body in order to align with an identity at odds with an individual’s biological sex
    • Applicable to procedures performed after the date of passage of this legislation
  • Clarifies that federal law cannot be construed to force medical practitioners to offer such procedures
  • Prohibits federal health funds from going to states that force medical practitioners to perform gender-transition procedures

The legislation is supported by the American Principles Project, Heritage Action, Family Policy Alliance, Family Research Council, Independent Women’s Forum, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee, Ethics and Public Policy Center, Alliance Defending Freedom, ForAmerica, Eagle Forum, CHANGED Movement.

Terry Schilling, President, American Principles Project: "Here's a truth obvious to most Americans: if kids are too young to have sex, they certainly shouldn't be changing their sex. Yet across the country, leftist ideologues in the healthcare industry are encouraging countless, mentally distressed children to undergo highly experimental 'gender transition' procedures which can potentially lead to their permanent sterilization as well as other long-term health problems. This is barbarity, pure and simple.  As more and more de-transitioners have come forward to express regret about the procedures they went through as minors, it's become clear that the irresponsible actors who pushed them down that road must be held accountable. This legislation will help provide justice to those misled and exploited by this predatory industry. We commend Senator Cotton and Congressman Banks for their courageous leadership in introducing it." 

Autumn Leva, Executive Vice President of Family Policy Alliance: “Every day, youth around the country are endangered by transgender interventions that can leave them sterile, missing healthy body parts, and filled with regret. Kids who are hurting and struggling need help, not harm, and that’s why we strongly support the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice.  For far too long children who have legitimate gender conflict have been pressured into transition by politicized medicine. Children who experience gender dysphoria should not be subjected to experimental treatment and harmful procedures being hawked by a political agenda. Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice will spare children a lifetime of regret resulting from politicized medicine and unsound advice. We applaud Chairman Jim Banks and Senator Tom Cotton for their excellent leadership on this important issue to protect America’s children.”  

Mary Beth Waddell, J.D., Director of Federal Affairs, Family and Religious Liberty, Family Research Council: I am grateful to Rep. Banks and Sen. Cotton for introducing the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act. The harms of gender-transition procedures are clear, yet many activists not only ignore the harms but insist that these procedures are medically necessary. The stories of those who have undergone irreversible procedures only to realize they didn’t fix the feelings of gender incongruence but made them feel worse, is heartbreaking. The heartbreak is even heavier when these stories come from children who were lead down this road by medical practitioners they trusted. This legislation gives these children a voice and a path to at least a measure of restitution for what they have endured by being subjected to experimentation by those who should protect them and “do no harm.” 

Elizabeth Woning and Ken Williams, Co-founders, CHANGED Movement: “Many among us who once identified as transgender have sought restoration after surgeries and hormone therapies. And unfortunately, some are permanently disfigured and lack the financial means to recover. Thank you, Sen. Cotton, Rep. LaMalfa, and RSC Chairman Banks for anticipating the injustice of rushing children into unproven and irreversible procedures. “ 

Kris Ullman, President of Eagle Forum: "No child should be subjected to the harmful experimentation practices of doctors who perform gender reassignment surgeries. The long-term effects of such procedures are unhealthy both physically and mentally. Eagle Forum applauds Senator Tom Cotton, RSC Chairman Jim Banks and Rep. Doug LaMalfa for introducing the Protecting Minors from Medical Malpractice Act to give a private right of action to people who had this surgery performed on them as minors."  

 

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Jun 22, 2022

Washington, D.C. – Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks and Congressman Doug LaMalfa introduced the Empower Parents to Protect Their Kids Act, legislation that would prevent K-12 schools from performing a “gender transition” on children behind their parents’ backs. This bill would also empower parents to sue schools that violate this Act by hiding or withholding information about their child’s “transition.” Their bill is companion legislation to Senator Tom Cotton’s bill.

The full bill text may be found here.

Said RSC Chairman Banks: “Our schools are a place for math and history education, not gender theory indoctrination. No parent should have to worry that their child’s school is enabling, promoting, or facilitating a child’s ‘gender transition’ behind their back. This important legislation protects parental rights and ensures federally funded schools are not laboratories for the Left’s radical agenda.”

Said Senator Cotton: “Schools should never be allowed to impose radical, harmful gender ideology on children—especially without parents’ knowledge and consent. My bill will protect students and ensure parents are in control of their children’s education. Schools must remain institutions of education, not indoctrination camps where minors are manipulated and brainwashed.”

This bill would ensure that all federally funded elementary school and secondary school employees abide by the following requirements regarding minor students:

•                     Receive parental consent before facilitating a student’s gender transition in any way.

•                     Do not withhold information from parents or coerce students to withhold information from their parents about their purported gender identity.

•                     Do not pressure parents or students to proceed with a gender transition.

 

American Principles Project, Eagle Forum, Heritage Action for America, Family Research Council, ForAmerica support this legislation.

Kris Ullman, President of Eagle Forum: "In a time where schools are imposing harmful ideologies, we must be vigilant in protecting the rights of parents. School officials should not coerce students to engage in gender altering procedures nor encourage them to withhold this information from their parents. Eagle Forum lends support to the Empower Parents to Protect Their Kids Act in order to keep parents at the forefront of their child's education." 

Meg Kilgannon, Senior Fellow for Education Studies, Family Research Council: “Not so long ago, the hubris of keeping secrets about children from parents was repugnant to all Americans. This dangerous practice is sadly mainstream, which makes legislation like the Empower Parents to Protect their Kids Act urgently needed. We are grateful to Representatives Banks and Lamalfa for introducing this bill which puts the best interests of children and families first, by protecting the God given role and rights of parents as the first and best protectors of their children. This bill stops institutions and individuals who seek to separate parents and children from using public schools to accomplish this injustice.” 

 

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Jun 9, 2022

WASHINGTON Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks and RSC Member Ken Buck each introduced bills to hold the Chinese Communist accountable for its genocide and enslavement of Uyghur Muslims. Both pieces of legislation have been endorsed by NBA free agent Enes Kanter Freedom who announced his support for these bills at RSC lunch yesterday.

 The Sanctioning Supporters of Slave Labor Act sponsored by RSC Chairman Banks and RSC National Security Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson and co-sponsored by Reps. Claudia Tenney, Doug Lamborn, Lisa McClain, Ken Buck, Greg Steube, Kevin Hern, Brian Fitzpatrick, Guy Reschenthaler, Yvette Herrell, Brian Babin, Rick Allen, Mike Johnson, Dan Meuser, Debbie Lesko, Carlos Gimenez, Michael Waltz, Diana Harshbarger, Barry Moore, Dan Newhouse, Bill Huizenga, John Rose, Doug LaMalfa, Chris Smith, Madison Cawthorn and Jake LaTurner would expand current sanctions against individuals and entities involved in using Uyghur Muslim slave labor to also encompass those enabling or supporting such individuals.

The Countering Atrocities through Currency Accountability Act sponsored by sponsored by Rep. Buck, and co-led by Chairman Banks, Rep. Lance Gooden and Rep. Ritchie Torres, and co-sponsored by Reps. Joe Wilson, Kevin Hern, Bill Long, Yvette Herrell, Madison Cawthorn, and Greg Steube would authorize special measures by the Secretary of Treasury to restrict certain accounts and types of transactions within a jurisdiction such as Xinjiang, China where genocide and/or crimes against humanity are being committed.

RSC Chairman Rep. Jim Banks said: “As representatives in Congress, we cannot turn a blind eye to the ongoing genocide and enslavement of Uyghur Muslims in Communist China. This bill sends a strong message to supporters and enablers of Uyghur slave labor that they are not welcome in the U.S. economy.”

 RSC National Security Task Force Chairman Joe Wilson said: “I am grateful to support both of these pieces of critical legislation by the Republican Study Committee, and to co-lead Chairman Banks’ Sanctioning Supporters of Slave Labor Act to hold accountable the enablers of China’s genocide and forced labor against the Uyghur Muslims.”

Rep. Ken Buck said: “No pair of shoes, solar panel, or any other product made using forced labor in China should ever be allowed to make its way onto the American market. This timely bill shuts down the ability of Chinese companies who use forced labor to be a part of United States supply chains and adds an important layer of sanctions to ensure this policy aim translates into practice. As China digs in its heels defending its atrocities against its own people, congressional action is imperative to ensure our forced labor sanctions seal off the perpetrators of these crimes from our country’s supply chains.”

The bills are also supported by Foundation for the Defense of Democracy (FDD) Action, Heritage Action for America, and former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley’s Stand for America.
 

Outside Group Support: 

Maseh Zarif, Director of Congressional Relations, FDD Action said: “Private sector actors should now be on notice: enablers of the Chinese Communist Party’s heinous abuses targeting Uyghurs and other minority groups will face increasingly severe costs for their complicity. This bill is an important effort to strengthen the sanctions architecture countering Beijing’s campaign of genocide and crimes against humanity.”  

Tim Chapman, Executive Director of Stand for America said: “ Stand for America supports and applauds Rep. Jim Banks' legislation to crack down even further on China's horrific use of Uyghur slave labor. Companies now have a choice to make between propping up Communist China's human rights abuses and doing business with the United States.”

Michael Sobolik, Senior Fellow of the American Foreign Policy Council said “When it comes to punishing the Chinese Communist Party for the Uyghur genocide, Washington needs to turn awareness into action. One of the best steps policymakers could take — a step this bill takes — is penalizing the worst CCP offenders with secondary sanctions. It’s not enough to block perpetrators of genocide from doing business with American companies; we need to make it harder for them to do business with the rest of the world.”

Michael Stumo, CEO of the Coalition for a Prosperous America  said “The passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 was a huge step forward in the fight against forced labor and all the atrocities of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), but it is critical that we also hold accountable those who are guilty of aiding and abetting sanctioned individuals and entities. We welcome the introduction of this important legislation that will strengthen the enforcement of existing law by establishing secondary sanctions to punish those who are complicit in supporting bad actors. Going forward, Congress and the administration must comprehensively strengthen U.S. sanctions policy on China by harmonizing existing policies, closing loopholes, and imposing secondary sanctions where necessary.”

 

 

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Jun 9, 2022

 

WASHINGTON—Today, the Republican Study Committee released its annual alternative budget for fiscal year 2023. The budget serves as a comprehensive blueprint for conservative governance and was produced by the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-OK) currently chairs that task force.

 

Over the past two years, thanks to the Biden administration and House Democrats, federal spending has risen to historic levels, fueling the highest inflation in 40 years. Despite an unprecedented $30.5 trillion in national debt, the RSC’s “Blueprint to Save America,” would balance the federal budget in just seven years, cut spending by $16.6 trillion over 10 years and reduce Americans’ taxes by $3.9 trillion, while increasing investments in our military by 5%.

 

House Democrats have failed to produce any kind of budget.

 

RSC Budget and Spending Task Force Chair Rep. Kevin Hern said: “A fiscally responsible budget isn’t just for conservatives – it’s for all Americans. The RSC budget prioritizes smart, common-sense policy to empower workers and save our country from a debt disaster. When Washington spends less, American families have more.”

 

RSC Chairman Rep. Jim Banks said: “The federal government has spent more at a faster rate over the past two years than at any point in history. It’s not a coincidence that Americans are worse off than they’ve been in years. Reckless spending has failed, and conservatives in Congress should take the opportunity to course correct, rein in spending and save America from a dire fiscal future.

 

I’d like to thank the RSC Budget and Spending Task Force, its Chair Kevin Hern, and the over 80 RSC Members whose policy proposals were included in this years’ budget. Producing a plan to balance the budget gets more difficult each year and it is only possible because of their contributions.”  

 

Please find a copy of the budget here, a one-page summary of the budget here and statements of support from outside groups here.

 

Jun 2, 2022

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican Study Committee released a framework of principles to restore the American family. These economic and social principles will be the foundation of a pro-family conservative agenda when Republicans win back the House majority.

You can find a PDF copy of the Family Principles Initiative here.

Chairman Jim Banks said: “The root of many of our nation’s greatest challenges is the rapid erosion of strong families. By empowering parents and investing in America’s children, we allow prosperity for future generations. If we want to protect and strengthen our nation, conservatives in Congress must be committed to promoting a pro-family agenda when Republicans win back the House.” 

Rep. Mike Johnson said:  “The strength of our country is dependent on the strength of our families. Today, we are seeing the results of decades of failed policies as marriage and birth rates decline, and parents struggle to provide for their families. We must reverse these trends and restore the foundations of our society, and this should be a priority for conscientious policymakers moving forward.”

Rep. Brian Babin said: “The Federal Government should be working to strengthen American families, but it’s done the opposite. We must fight to empower our parents, protect our children, and ensure our families have the tools necessary to thrive without government interference.”


Rep. Michael Guest said: “On my first day in office, I made a promise to work hard every day to make our nation a better place to live, worship, and raise a family. Families are the cornerstone of American prosperity, faith, and culture, which is why we must promote the conservative values that have supported strong families throughout our history. I’m proud to sign this pledge to restore American Family Principles to promote family values, create community, and empower parents and caregivers — not Progressive politicians — to make decisions about the welfare of their children.”

Rep. Rick Allen said: “Parents want choice on how to raise their family and the education their children receive, and we must reject a top down, one-size-fits-all government approach. The American family is the greatest economic engine that God has ever created, and we must do all we can to ensure that our families have the support they need to thrive.”

American Principles Project, Eagle Forum, and the Faith & Freedom Coalition support the Republican Study Committee’s Family Policy initiative.  Additional comments and support are below:

Craig DeRoche, President and CEO of Family Policy Alliance said: “Under the current Administration, American families are struggling. Parents are being forced to defend their rights and fight radical ideologies in their children’s schools. Female athletes are being forced to give up their opportunities to males in favor of a political agenda. And preborn children are not yet fully protected under the law. American families deserve better. Family Policy Alliance strongly supports the Republican Study Committee’s Family Policy Initiative. This Initiative is foundational in rebuilding an America where families flourish. We urge Congress to implement policies aligned with this vision, and we look forward to the day when America’s families do not just survive, they thrive.”

Patrick T. Brown, Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center said: “The family is the cornerstone of a healthy society, and the Republican Study Committee is laying down a significant marker for what a pro-family conservative policy vision should look like. The 10 pillars that make up this document lay out key principles for addressing the economic, social, and cultural trends impacting American families. Fleshing these principles out into legislative text should be a cornerstone of Republican efforts to strengthen family life.”

Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform said: “The RSC’s Family Policy Initiative contains several important pillars to help reduce the government’s ability to intrude in the lives of American families. For instance, the initiative proposes ending marriage penalties in the tax code, calls for welfare reform that helps lift families out of poverty and gives parents control over their children’s education by allowing them the allocate Pre-K and K-12 education dollars in a way that best fits their needs. These proposals should be applauded and supported by all lawmakers that want to reform the federal government and protect taxpayers.”  

CatholicVote said: "Congressman Banks and his team deserve a lot of credit for laying out an agenda that is pro-life and pro-family and also understands that the true power in any child's life lies with their parents. This is a winning plan and we look forward to working with the RSC in making it a reality next Congress." 

Coalition for Jewish Values said: “Judaism recognizes the family as the bedrock structure of civilization, and education as a Biblical obligation placed upon parents and which must be conducted under parental authority. We support the RSC Family Policy Initiative as a significant step to uphold these values."  

Matt Schlapp, CPAC Chairman said: “This country cannot continue for long if we do not restore and strengthen families. Maybe that is why the socialist Left has been devaluing families and fetuses at break-neck speed. We have the greatest country in history, but we are at risk of throwing it all away if we do not get our priorities straight. We at the Conservative Political Action Coalition support the Republican Study Committee for laying out sound principles which reject the far-Left’s one-size-fits-all big government approach to childcare, education, and welfare. America is only as strong as the families that make up this great nation.” 

American Association of Christian Schools said: “The AACS is grateful for the clear expression of the important principles contained in the RSC Family Policy Framework.  For far too long, our politics have given short shrift to the essential aspects of family and community building which, until recent decades, have been hallmarks of our unique American republic.  A law and culture which encourages strong families has always been and will always be what makes our country free, prosperous, and strong.  We look forward to seeing how good policy initiatives developed under this framework will shape the future laws under which American families may thrive.”

Kristan Hawkins, President of Students for Life Action said: “Throughout the last five decades, American society has tragically devalued children and families, resulting in the deaths of 63 million innocent preborn children. When Roe v. Wade is reversed, and we are hopeful that it will be soon, Students for Life Action recognizes that we must build a healthy, life-affirming society that values both women and their children - born and preborn. Policies like creating flexible work and childcare accommodations for parents, empowering parental involvement in education, improving foster care and adoption, incentivizing marriage, supporting mothers facing unexpected pregnancies, and protecting innocent preborn lives are all vital elements for rebuilding the foundation of American society - strong, healthy families.”

On Pillar #3…

ParentalRights.org said: “We are pleased that the RSC's Family Policy Initiative Pillar 3 proclaims that parents - not government officials - are the best qualified people to make decisions about the physical, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing of their children. This recognizes what the U.S. Supreme Court has consistently held since 1923 - that parental rights are a fundamental right, given to us by God, and protected by the U.S. Constitution. The best way to protect children is by empowering parents, and we applaud the RSC's Family Policy Initiative for doing exactly that."

 On Pillar #7…

Corey A. DeAngelis, Ph.D., National Director of Research, American Federation for Children said: “School choice is the only way to truly secure parental rights in education. Funding students directly empowers families to choose the education providers that best meet their needs and align with their values. At the same time, allowing families to vote with their feet incentivizes government-run schools to up their game and focus on the basics as opposed to politically divisive concepts. School choice is a rising tide that lifts all boats. Education funding is meant for educating children, not for protecting a particular institution. We should fund students, not systems."

 On Pillar #10…

Jeanne F. Mancini, President, March for Life Action said: “We are thankful to Chairman Banks along with his RSC colleagues for their dedication to building a culture of life in America, and calling for life affirming policies that protect both mothers and children.  As we await the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, it is critical now more than ever that we work together toward a future where equal protection for every American – born and unborn – is not only recognized but celebrated.”

Carol Tobias, President of NRLC said: "We are pleased that the RSC has included protecting innocent preborn children and their mothers as part of its Family Policy Initiative. This is a critical feature to enhancing respect for, and the dignity of, all human life."

 Hon. Marilyn Musgrave, Vice President of Government Affairs, Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America said: “SBA Pro-Life America is grateful for the thoughtful and proactive work of the Republican Study Committee and RSC Chairman Jim Banks, shown in their Family Policy Initiative. At a time when Roe v. Wade is being reconsidered by the Supreme Court, RSC's pillar supporting efforts to end abortion—by making it both illegal and unthinkable—could not be more timely. While the Biden-Harris administration is working to implement policies that destroy unborn life, pro-life members of Congress are working to empower women and their babies.”

 

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Jun 1, 2022

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks, Committee on Education and Labor Republican Leader Virginia Foxx, and Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education Subcommittee Ranking Member Burgess Owens sent letters to the American Federation of Teachers and NewsGuard Inc. seeking additional information on the January 25th agreement that would put NewsGuard’s ‘anti-misinformation’ product in the classrooms of AFT’s more than 1.6 million members.

The letter seeks information on the agreement, the application of NewsGuard’s product in the classroom, and the extent to which local officials and parents were consulted about the rollout. Find a PDF of their letter to AFT here and NewsGuard here

Said Rep. Banks: “The left is obsessed with indoctrinating kids. AFT has decided that NewsGuard, whose leadership falsely dismissed the Hunter Biden laptop story as ‘Russian disinformation,’ deserves to be empowered to tell children what is and isn’t ‘misinformation.’ Political advocacy groups should focus on people who are old enough to vote. They have no place in taxpayer funded public schools. House Republicans must use our oversight power to keep politics out of classrooms, and I am pleased to partner with Ranking Member Foxx and Rep. Owens on this important effort.”

Said Rep. Foxx: “We can’t let this kind of left-wing propaganda into our schools, or let groups condemn so-called ‘misinformation’ while peddling it themselves. I’m not surprised that AFT is teaming up with an organization that ranks Chinese state-run media sites higher than American conservative sites, but I refuse to let it happen without a fight. AFT has long demonstrated that its priority is politics, not education. It is painfully clear that NewsGuard does not have the judgement necessary to teach our nation’s children how to tell truth from fiction.” 

Said Rep. Owens: "The collaboration between Randi Weingarten's American Federation of Teachers (ATF) and NewsGuard is not an honest attempt to separate fact from fiction. It's yet another coordinated effort to politicize our academic institutions. Using biased ratings to referee free expression and opposing political viewpoints is un-American and harms the education of our children. I'm proud to work with Ranking Member Foxx and Chairman Banks to call out this alarming partnership.”

 

In May, Rep. Banks, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems, sent a letter to General Paul M. Nakasone, the head of U.S. Cyber Command, asking him to preserve documents related to the Department of Defense’s decision to award a $750,000 contract to NewsGuard.

 

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May 19, 2022

WASHINGTON—Today, Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks (IN), Rep. Mary Miller (IL), Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) and other RSC members gathered outside the Capitol to discuss the introduction of Rep. Debbie Lesko’s (AZ) “Women’s Bill of Rights” resolution to reaffirm legal protections for women.

Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (MS), Cynthia Lummis (WY) and Ted Cruz (TX) introduced companion legislation in the Senate.   

Rep. Debbie Lesko said: “I am proud to introduce the Women’s Bill of Rights to affirm the importance of acknowledging women and their unique and distinguishing characteristics and contributions to our nation. As the Left continues to erase women, we must fight for women and their place in our society. Whether it’s keeping the word “mother” in written law or ensuring women’s domestic violence shelters do not have to accept biological men, we must stand up for women.”

 

RSC Chairman Jim Banks “The modern Democrat party has put the Left’s woke agenda before the rights of women. These days, Democrats refuse to even admit women exist or recognize them as unique beings, with unique abilities. While radical liberals strip away the progress and protections that generations of women fought to achieve, Republicans must fight back and acknowledge these basic biological truths. As the father of three daughters, I’m proud to co-lead this resolution reaffirming the legal protections afforded to them under federal law.”

 

Rep. Mary Miller said: “I will never be afraid to speak out in defense of our daughters, who need adults in leadership positions who are not afraid of being criticized by radical leftists. The answer to the question “what is a woman” has been clear for the entire history of our civilization, and it has not changed since Genesis. The radical left has launched an attack on biology because they want to put themselves above God, and they want to brainwash our daughters with their "wokeism." That’s why today, we are unveiling the Women’s Bill of Rights in order to legally define what it means to be a woman. I am doing this on behalf of my 5 daughters, and all women. This common-sense document will help codify our common understanding and the reality we all know of the words ‘female,’ ‘woman,’ and ‘sex’, and I am proud to support it.” 

 

Rep. Diana Harshbarger said: “To me, being a woman means having the profound honor to be a mother, grandmother, female business owner, and now Congresswoman. I am proud of this Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution because it sends a clear message that Congress must protect our future generations of female leaders from being stripped of measures meant to support their success, protect their safety, and allow for earned opportunity.”

 

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith said: “The radical left chips away at women’s rights each time they disregard biological differences between males and females.  This resolution reaffirms those unique differences, and seeks to protect women’s rights whether it is in athletics, prisons, or domestic violence shelters.”

 

House leads 

Rep. Debbie Lesko (AZ) - lead 

Rep. Jim Banks (IN) - co-lead 

Rep. Mary Miller (IL) - co-lead 

Rep. Diana Harshbarger (TN) - co-lead 

 

House original cosponsors  

Rep. Claudia Tenney (NY) 

Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO) 

Rep. Victoria Spartz (IN) 

Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX) 

Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA) 

Rep. Doug Lamborn (CO)

Rep. Barry Moore (AL)

Rep. Ralph Norman (SC)

 

The following outside groups support the RSC’s Women’s Bill of Rights:

 

Independent Women’s Voice, Independent Women’s Law Center, Concerned Women for America LAC, Heritage Action for America, American Principles Project, Women’s Liberation Front, Family Policy Alliance, Eagle Forum, Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC), and Women’s Declaration International USA. 

 

What they’re saying:

“Women and girls’ interests are being short-changed today by those who seek to eradicate sex-specific sports, facilities and opportunities. That ends today. I’m grateful that Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller are standing up for women and for common sense.” - Independent Women’s Voice Vice President Carrie Lukas  

“We can’t fight sex discrimination if we can’t agree on what it means to be a woman. And we can’t collect accurate data regarding public health, medicine, education, crime, and the economic status of women if we redefine sex to mean ‘gender identity.’ At Independent Women’s Law Center, we know what a woman is. Thankfully, Representatives Lesko, Banks, Harshbarger, and Miller do too.” - Independent Women’s Law Center Director Jennifer C. Braceras   

"WoLF applauds the introduction of this Women’s Bill of Rights, an historic and profound resolution that will advance and protect the rights of women in the United States. For too long, women have been told that there is no word to describe us and our experiences. We have seen the definition of “woman” be distorted to promote offensive and harmful sexist stereotypes. This resolution is a clear signal that our voices can no longer be silenced in this way. WoLF was proud to co-author the model Women’s Bill of Rights that inspired this resolution, and we are grateful for the courageous leadership shown by Rep. Lesko and Sen Hyde-Smith, along with their co-leads. The simple, common-sense provisions of this resolution will help ensure that the government does not endorse the falsehood of human sex change, and that spaces and resources for women remain that way." - Lauren Adams, Legal Director, Women’s Liberation Front  

“It is shocking that women today are being told that our unique status is irrelevant and being a woman has no relationship to being female.  Our protections are being stripped away by radical policies confusing biological fact with gender feelings, and activist judges who can’t define a Woman.  Concerned Women for America LAC applauds the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution that will recognize and protect the intrinsic dignity of women and our unique status under the law.”  - Penny Young Nance, CEO and President, Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee  

“The woke Left is on a mission to roll back generations of progress made in the name of womens’ rights. Their refusal to acknowledge the biological differences between men and women is unconscionable and, in many cases, dangerous. If left unchecked, the Left’s assault on what it means to be a woman will continue to be a detriment to all biological women and will see opportunities and resources redirected to individuals who were never meant to receive them. Fortunately, Congresswomen Lesko, Miller, and Harsbarger, alongside RSC Chairman Jim Banks, are leading the effort to reaffirm what it means to be a woman and the dangers of the Left’s current trajectory.” - Jessica Anderson, Executive Director of Heritage Action  

“Americans will not stay silent against an ideology that erases women. To clear any confusion over the definition of a woman, this bicameral effort simply reaffirms the truth: women are distinct from men and deserve equal protection under law. We urge every member of Congress to protect the civil rights of women and pass the Women’s Bill of Rights Resolution now.” - Autumn Leva, Senior Vice President of Family Policy Alliance 

“The woke Left’s efforts to erase women stops today with the indelible ink of the Women’s Bill of Rights,” said Kris Ullman, Eagle Forum Predident. “When it comes to sex and gender it’s time to trust the science. Women are women and men are men. We must acknowledge our physiological differences as we celebrate our shared humanity. This Resolution protects women in prisons and restrooms, ensures the spirit of Title IX is maintained in college sports, and restores common sense to how we refer to pregnant and nursing women.” - Kris Ullman, President, Eagle Forum  

“Americans are currently facing an onslaught from the woke Left to diminish womanhood. Whether it be by attacking girls’ sports, reducing woman to “birthing people,” putting woman at risk in jails and bathrooms, or nominating a Supreme Court justice who cannot define what a woman is, conservatives need to fight back. We at the Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC) want to thank the Republican Study Committee, Rep. Lesko and Sen. Hyde-Smith for attempting to restore sanity by bringing forward the Women’s Bill of Rights resolution.” - Matt Schlapp, Chairman, Conservative Political Action Coalition (CPAC)  

"Men and women are different. This is both a self-evident truth and a scientific fact acknowledged by the vast majority of Americans. Yet, for some here in Washington (mostly on the left), manhood and womanhood are simply labels that can be changed at will. These radicals cannot define what a 'woman' is, even as they claim to advocate for women's rights. It would be comedic if the consequences weren't so serious. In response to this dangerous ideology, it is imperative that we make clear in law what should be apparent to any sane person: that 'man' and 'woman' are biologically grounded realities, not mere social constructs. Only by doing so will we ensure the rights of each are fully respected and affirmed. APP is grateful for the leadership of Rep. Lesko, Sen. Hyde-Smith, and all the Republican members supporting this resolution, and we urge the GOP to make this effort a priority both now and especially should they retake the majority in Congress next year." - Terry Schilling, President, American Principles Project   

“The U.S. chapter of Women’s Declaration International (a nonpartisan global organization that support women’s sex-based rights around the world) is proud to support the Women’s Bill of Rights, which would enshrine into law many of the principles outlined in the global Declaration on Women’s Sex-Based Rights, which we work to advance throughout U.S. law.”  - Kara Dansky, President, WDI USA 

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