The following is an excerpt from ALICE B. LLOYD | July 13, 2017 | Weeklystandard.com |
It’s up to the legislative branch, not bureaucrats, to decide whether Title IX of the Higher Education Act actually applies to gender identity, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Thursday afternoon, after a day of meetings with Title IX stakeholders at the Department of Education.
“There has been a lack of clarity,” DeVos told reporters Thursday afternoon. “This department is not going to make laws. It’s high time for Congress to look at a law that law that was passed in 1972 and address these issues and finally speak to them and clarify them."
This means she will defer to Congress to interpret and implement Title IX, an anti-sex discrimination statute passed by Congress in the 1970s—but reinterpreted by the Obama administration in repeated circumventions of Congress’s authority.
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