Steube Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act Included in RSC Budget Proposal

May 19, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.— U.S. Representative Greg Steube (R-Fla.) today joined fellow Republican Study Committee (RSC) Members to announce the RSC Budget for FY22. This budget, titled “Reclaiming our Fiscal Future,” included Steube’s legislation, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

“Under Democrat leadership in both Congress and the White House, we have seen record spending of taxpayer dollars at a time when our economy is in turmoil,” Steube said. “I’m honored to join the Republican Study Committee in offering a budget that not only cuts taxes and balances in five short years, but also properly showcases our conservative priorities, like my Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.”

This budget promotes transparency in the federal budgeting process and reduces spending by $14.4 trillion over ten years, balancing the budget in a short five years. Included in this budget are provisions that shield the middle class from capital gains taxes, protect the unborn, invest in border security, protect Second Amendment rights, and more.

Earlier this Congress, Steube reintroduced the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act, which is included in the RSC budget along with three other bills that aim to protect opportunities for women, girls, and children. This legislation ensures that women and girls are allowed a fair playing field in competitive sports by ensuring that school athletics comply with the Title IX recognition of a person’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth.

A breakdown of the RSC budget can be found here.

Steube’s full remarks from the press conference can be found here or below.

"You know Speaker Pelosi said, 'show me your budget, show me your values.' Well, with the most conservative budget to date, that’s just exactly what we’ve done.

Aside from producing a budget that cuts taxes and balances the budget in five short years, we showcase our conservative values, including initiatives to support pro-life efforts, protect our Second Amendment, and commit to securing our border.

Our team is especially honored that one of these conservative priorities was pulled from my legislation, the Protection of Women and Girls in Sports Act.

This initiative protects women’s sports by ensuring that biological female athletes are not forced to compete against biological male athletes. Specifically, as the budget clarifies, this provision would protect women’s sports by prohibiting federal funding of school athletic programs if they refuse to comply with the Title IX recognition of a person’s reproductive biology as indicated on their birth certificate.

We have heard from young female athletes, the unfairness, and sometimes danger, when forced to compete against male athletes in competition. Female athletes are losing opportunities and scholarships due to males being able to compete in women’s sports. With this provision included in our budget, we can ensure that women and girls have the protection they deserve on and off the field.

I thank Chairman Banks and my colleagues in the Republican Study Committee for their collaboration and work to put together this historic budget. With this budget, we can protect our conservative values and get our country back on the track to fiscal responsibility."

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