Representative Bradley Byrne

Representing the 1st District of Alabama

Byrne to Obama: Rescind School Bathroom Guidance


May 16, 2016
Press Release

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) joined 38 of his House colleagues today in sending a letter to President Barack Obama demanding he rescind his threat to cut off funding to schools that do not comply with the Obama Administration’s “bathroom policy.”

Byrne said: “With all the serious issues going on in the world today, it is absurd that the Obama Administration is worried about where students use the bathroom. This is federal overreach at its worst. These are decisions that should be handled at the state and local level, not by federal bureaucrats in Washington.

“President Obama needs to stay out of our schools and stop with the political grandstanding. Instead, we should be focusing on serious issues like strengthening our military, taking care of our veterans, and helping bring Americans out of poverty.”

The letter can be found by clicking here. The text of the letter can be found below.


President Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW

Washington, D.C. 20500


Dear President Obama:

We are extremely concerned with the recent directive from your Administration threatening legal action against or denial of congressionally appropriated funds to local school districts that do not allow students to use their bathroom of choice regardless of their gender. We ask that you rescind your poorly executed threat to school districts across the country and reaffirm their right to govern themselves as they see fit within the bounds of the law.

To date, neither statute nor legal precedent has extended civil rights protections based on gender identity.  Furthermore your actions threaten to infringe on the constitutional right of Congress to appropriate funds.  We view this as an effort to implement your Administration’s political agenda outside the bounds of the law and against the will of the American people.

We insist that you withdraw this legally unfounded threat immediately.