Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling, Fellow Conservatives Send Letter Challenging President’s School Bathroom Mandate

May 17, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today after joining with 38 other conservatives in the House on a letter to President Obama challenging his recent announcement that the administration plans to withhold funds to local school districts that do not allow transgender students to use the bathroom of their choice.

“The Obama Administration’s directive is an outrageous and unlawful attempt to bully local schools into adhering to a flawed policy that ignores the rights of the vast majority of the students and parents who make up our local school systems,” Hensarling said.

Text of the letter from Hensarling and his colleagues is below.


May 16, 2016


President Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear President Obama:

We are extremely concerned with the recent directive from your Administration threatening legal action against or denial of congressionally appropriated funds to local school districts that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender. We ask that you rescind your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law.

To date, neither statute nor legal precedent has extended civil rights protections based on gender identity.  Furthermore your actions threaten to infringe on the constitutional right of Congress to appropriate funds.  We view this as an effort to implement your Administration’s political agenda outside the bounds of the law and against the will of the American people.

We insist that you withdraw this legally unfounded threat immediately.