No Vote on Transgender Bathrooms on Capitol Hill

Rules chairman said amendment should be considered by policy committee

Rep. Pete Sessions told reporters there will unlikely be a debate about transgender bathroom on Capitol Hill. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions told reporters that there’s unlikely to be a vote on an amendment to the Legislative Branch appropriations bill to prevent transgender bathrooms on Capitol Hill.    

Sessions said a point of order has been raised against the amendment, which was offered by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa.  

“I think that the policy issues of the Capitol should emanate in a policy committee,” Sessions said, suggesting it should be considered by the House Administration Committee. “[Chair] Candice Miller needs the first whack at it.”  

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King's bill is among a flurry of contentious amendments he and other Republican lawmakers offered to the otherwise mostly overlooked Legislative Branch budget .  

The $3.5 billion spending bill funds House operations including Capitol Police, the Library of Congress and the Architect of the Capitol.  

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, R-N.Y., is once again offering his amendment to prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.  

There are also amendments that deal with allowing members and House employees to carry firearms on Capitol grounds and dueling amendments over whether the Library of Congress should return the term "illegal alien" to its lexicon.  

The Rules Committee meets Wednesday to consider if the amendments may be debated on the House floor.  

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