Chris Johnson reports at the Washington Blade:
The U.S. House narrowly rejected Saturday morning a Republican amendment to the coronavirus relief package that would have defunded schools allowing transgender kids to participate in sports.
The amendment, introduced by Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), was proposed as part of the American Rescue Plan and defeated by a vote of 49-50 largely along party lines. The measure needed 60 votes to pass as part of the $1.9 trillion package.
However, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) broke with Democrats to vote in favor of the amendment and Sen. Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) broke with Republicans to vote against it.
Sen. Patty Murray, responding to Tuberville’s proposed amendment, said it was “simply an attempt to discriminate against transgender students” and “a harmful attempt to undermine our work to help students and families.”
“All students, including transgender students, benefit from participating in sports, to challenge themselves, to improve fitness, to be part of a team,” Murray said.
“Allowing transgender students to participate in athletic activities consistent with their gender identity in no way disadvantages their fellow students,” Murray continued. “For the love of God, can’t we just have a little bit of heart and compassion in this world for someone who doesn’t look or live exactly like you?”
Patty Murray Slams Anti-Trans Tuberville Amendment to Covid Relief Bill: ‘For The Love of God’ Can We Have Compassion? https://t.co/TAzfrYPamY
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) March 6, 2021
Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) NOT having this Tuberville amendment: “…simply an attempt to discriminate against transgender students.”
“For the love of God can’t we just have a little bit of heart and compassion in this world for someone who doesn’t look or live exactly like you.” pic.twitter.com/SVIFHdGpbk
— The Recount (@therecount) March 6, 2021