Republican Threatens Covid Relief with Anti-Trans Sports Amendment

Sen. Roger Marshall (R) Kansas is likely to introduce an amendment to the Covid-19 relief Bill requiring the defunding of states that allow transgender athletes to compete. If he does this may very be the hill that the fascists die on.

Senator Roger Marshall

Kansas Republican Sen. Roger Marshall wants to amend H.R. 1319: American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to prohibit funds from going to schools that allow transgender student-athletes to participate in women’s sports, according to the Kansas City Star

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Saturday tore into a Republican amendment to block funding for schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in women’s sports, urging one of her GOP colleagues to “have a little bit of heart.”

The Senate Health Committee chairwoman slammed the amendment from Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), a former college football coach, calling it “simply an attempt to discriminate against transgender students.”

“Can’t we just have a little bit of heart and compassion in this world for someone who doesn’t look or live exactly like you,” Murray said with exasperation after senators voted through the night on Republican messaging amendments to the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill.

The amendment failed on a vote of 49 to 50.

Republican Sen. Joe Manchin (W.Va.) was the only Democrat(sic) to vote for it while Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) voted no.

The amendment needed to garner 60 votes to overcome a budget point of order.

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He also wants to include language that bars paycheck protection money from going to abortion providers and to prohibit higher education institutions from using relief funds for students who entered the country illegally.

Marshall has proposed 20 amendments to the $1.9 trillion stimulus package. Some focus on steering more money to Kansas and to rural communities. Others wade into the cultural battles that have defined Marshall’s first few months in the Senate and are likely meant more as messaging tools.

HRC in a statement said “Today, Senator Roger Marshall (R-KS) is likely to offer an amendment during the Senate’s “vote-a-rama” debate on President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package that would deny federal funds to states that allow transgender girls to participate in girls’ sports from K-12 and college. This amendment undermines NCAA rules and state laws and policies that have been on the books for many years ensuring equal opportunity for transgender and cisgender athletes.”

Sen. Roger Marshall is amongst the most un-American lawmakers on the hill.

Source Govtrackus:

Marshall is among the Republican legislators who, by calling for entire states to be disenfranchised in the 2020 presidential election, fomented the terrorist attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 that aimed to prevent the determination of the next president of the United States. Shortly after the 2020 election, Marshall joined a case before the Supreme Court calling for all the votes for president in Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin — states that were narrowly won by Democrats — to be discounted, claiming that some voters there followed procedures set by the wrong state officials. The case amplified lies and conspiracy theories that fueled the movement that led to the attack on the Capitol. The Supreme Court rejected the case. Following the rejection of several cases before the Supreme Court, one legislator called for violence. In the days leading up to January 6, Marshall had announced his intent to object on that day to the inclusion of some states in the count of electors that determines the next president, disenfranchising millions of voters based on lies, conspiracy theories, and preposterous legal theories all falsely claiming various sorts of mass fraud that did not occur. The announcement amplified the message that inspired the attack on the Capitol. On January 6, 2021 in the hours after the attack on the Capitol, Marshall voted for the exclusion of Arizona and/or Pennsylvania — states narrowly won by Democrats — from the count of Electoral College votes that determined the next President of the United States.

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