Rep Richard Hudson Leads Effort

Richard Hudson

U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08)

North Carolina’s Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives have given the Department of Education until May 13th to answer their letter to indicate whether Department officials will punish the state for its HB2 bathroom law by withholding federal funds from public schools and universities.

U.S. Representative Richard Hudson (NC-08) led the group of 10 North Carolina Republican representatives in a letter to John King, Secretary of Education, requesting a response to the Obama administration’s funding threat saying they were “troubled by the threat”. North Carolina receives about $4.5 billion from the federal government annually in education funding.

Their letter asserts that North Carolina’s HB2 law – which, among other things, prohibits people from using bathrooms that don’t correspond to their birth sex – does not violate the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or Title IX regulations, which aim to ensure equality in public schools.

“Instead of doing its job to enforce federal law, this administration is pushing its radical social agenda by bureaucratic bullying,” said Rep. Hudson, “The bottom line is executive agencies can’t simply rewrite or redefine decades-old law. Once again, this administration is bypassing the democratic process and trying to go far beyond the powers granted by the Constitution. We will continue to stand up for North Carolina in the face of an out-of-control federal government.”