Thursday, June 30, 2016

Hartzler wants Koster to sue Obama over bathroom mandate

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), co-chair of the House Values Action team, joined the House Missouri Republican delegation in sending a letter, led by Rep. Jason Smith (R-Mo.) to Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster, renewing her call to file a lawsuit against the Obama Administration for its unilateral and unconstitutional transgender bathroom guidance.

“Our students deserve to be represented against such egregious violations and misinterpretations of the law,” Hartzler said. “Missourians elected the Attorney General to protect them against this very type of overreach. Although the AG is urging the Supreme Court to hear a similar case, Missouri should also be party to the Texas-led, 11-state lawsuit which directly challenges this intrusive guidance.”

The letter follows a response from Koster to Hartzler’s initial letter, in which he agrees “President Obama was wrong to dictate national policy so quickly and unilaterally.” Rep. Hartzler and Smith’s letters urge the Attorney General to join the 11 states that have already filed suit against the administration in order to “reduce federal overreach into decisions best left for states and local school districts.”

This week’s letter was led by Rep. Jason Smith and signed by Reps. Graves, Hartzler, Long, Luetkemeyer, and Wagner. A copy of the letter can be found here.

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