Congressman Luke Messer

Representing the 6th District of Indiana

Rep. Messer Applauds President Trump’s Reversal of Obama School Bathroom Mandate

Feb 23, 2017
Press Release

Rep. Messer Applauds President Trump’s Reversal of Obama School Bathroom Mandate

Messer championed efforts in Congress to give states, local schools control

WASHINGTON (Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017) — Rep. Luke Messer (IN-06) today applauded President Trump’s action to reverse the Obama mandate that forced local schools to adopt federal transgender bathroom policies.

Obama’s mandate, issued in May of 2016, required schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms of their gender identity, not their biological sex or face losing federal funding under Title IX.  Messer championed efforts in Congress to fight back against this Obama mandate when it was first issued by the Justice Department.

“The federal government has no business dictating bathroom policies in our local schools,” Messer said. “These decisions should be made by states, local educators and families, not federal bureaucrats on a partisan crusade. I’m relieved to see President Trump reversing yet another glaring Obama overreach and putting our kids ahead of political ideology.”

In 2016 after the Obama bathroom directive was issued, Messer authored the PUBLIC School Act to ensure that decisions regarding gender identity and the use of school bathrooms and locker rooms were made at the state and local level. If passed, the bill also would have prevented the Obama administration from withholding federal funds to schools that failed to comply with the directive.