Iowa Republican wants to bring trans-panic bathroom laws to Capitol Hill
Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King proposed an addendum to a bill before the House that would impose anti-trans bathroom rules on federal buildings. If the legislation is ratified, all people using facilities in public federal buildings must use those which correspond to the sex on their birth certificate, not their current gender.
According to Fusion, King tacked the addendum on to the Legislative Branch Appropriations Act, which is currently before the House Rules Committee. If the bill — H.B. 5325 — is approved by the committee, it will go before the full House of Representatives for a vote.
The provision dictates that “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to encourage, allow, or require any individual to use any bathroom other than the bathroom of the individual’s biological sex.”
The Washington Blade noted that if the bill becomes law, trans men and women will be forbidden from using their preferred facilities in all restrooms in the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress, and both Senate and House office buildings.
Multiple states and municipalities have responded to the right wing’s campaign against transgender individuals by passing these types of discriminatory laws. North Carolina’s Tea Party Gov. Pat McCrory and Republicans in the state legislature wrote and passed that state’s H.B. 2 in a rushed 12-hour session.
The law has proven to be an electoral quagmire for the governor and an economic drain on the state as companies have nixed plans to open offices in North Carolina and a number of performers have canceled their tour stops in the state. The state’s attorney general has refused to defend the law in court.