Washington, D.C. – Today, Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC) Co-Chairs Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Lois Frankel (FL-21), and Brenda Lawrence (MI-14) and Vice Chairs Congresswomen Veronica Escobar (TX-16) and Sylvia Garcia (TX-29) issued the following statement, in support of an Amendment to H.R. 4502, Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2022. The amendment would prohibit the use of funds to implement or enforce sections of former Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' Title IX rule.

“There is no place in our education system for a rule that only serves to silence student survivors and increase the physical, financial, and emotional toll they face after experiences with sexual assault. This amendment is paving the way to ensure that student survivors are protected during what, for many, is the most vulnerable time in their young lives,” said the Members. “In the midst of this pandemic, it’s essential that schools receive the guidance and support they need to provide survivors with the resources they deserve so they can have an education that is free from harassment and discrimination.”

In June, the DWC submitted written comment to the Department of Education as part of its June 7-11 public hearing on improving enforcement of Title IX. The formal comment, submitted as a letter, was signed by 74 House Democrats. In May, the DWC also hosted a roundtable on the ongoing review of the Title IX rule. Members heard from student survivors, experts, and advocates about the importance of having in place a rule and guidance that ensures students have safe and equitable access to their education.

The amendment was offered by Congresswomen Jackie Speier (CA-14), Veronica Escobar (TX-16), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Ann M. Kuster (NH-02), Carolyn Maloney (NY-12), Gwen Moore (WI-04), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08). The final text of the amendment can be viewed here.