Congressman Pete Olson

Representing the 22nd District of Texas

Olson Bill Puts Congress in Driver Seat on Transgender Definition

August 3, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22) acted to remove lawmaking authority from unelected federal bureaucrats and reinstate that power to Congress. Olson introduced H.R. 5812, the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2016. This bill will ensure that 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.

“We must stop this administration’s blatant disregard for the constitution by unilaterally redefining the definition of “sex” with respect to the Civil Rights Act,” Rep. Olson said. “The people I represent have resoundingly rejected the notion of false power stolen from Congress by a White House seeking to impose social policy on America. The Founding Fathers never intended unelected bureaucrats in federal agencies to make sweeping changes to the definition of gender. We must restore the voice of the people given to them by our Constitution and put an end to this dangerous precedent of removing Congress’ power to make laws.”

Background on need for H.R.5812:

Last September, citing the Civil Rights Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Office of Civil Rights, proposed a rule to interpret Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act to redefine prohibitions on “sex” discrimination in healthcare programs to include “sex stereotyping,” “gender identity,” and “termination of pregnancy.” This could leave healthcare providers vulnerable to extensive liability should they refuse to participate in or pay for “gender transition” treatments or “sex change” operations based on medical opinion, moral, ethical, or religious reasons.


Text of the bill: PDF iconCivil Rights Uniformity Act of 2015.pdf