Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

New GSA Bathroom Rule Further Evidence Olson Bill Needed

August 18, 2016
Press Release

Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) issued the following statement in response to a new bulletin issued by the General Services Administration (GSA) that states that individuals must be allowed to use the 9,200 bathrooms, showers and changing areas in federal buildings across America consistent with their self-proclaimed gender identity:

“First they target school bathrooms and healthcare professionals, and now the bathrooms of all federal buildings. Where does it stop? This unconstitutional rewriting of the Civil Rights Act is further proof of the need for my legislation to stop the Obama Administration from continuing to usurp congressional lawmaking authority. Unelected bureaucrats have no business furthering a political agenda outside of their constitutional jurisdiction. We must put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”

*In July, Olson introduced H.R. 5812, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2016, a bill to ensure gender identity is not treated as a protected class in Federal Law or Policy without the affirmative approval of the people’s representatives in Congress. *Click here for text of the bill.


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