The Biden administration’s mega-plan for infrastructure programs has faced significant challenges from the start. The plan is currently made up of two separate bills that are expected to be presented to Congress.
One bill is expected to make it past the Senate’s filibuster rule because of significant Republican support. This bipartisan bill is expected to include about $1 trillion in spending. The second bill has at least $3.5 trillion in spending and is expected to receive no Republican support. It will only pass the Senate as a budget reconciliation bill or if the Senate throws out the filibuster rule completely.
For weeks on end, neither Senators nor the public has known what the actual text of the bipartisan bill would contain. The statement was finally released on August 1 by Breitbart News, and to no one’s surprise, it includes progressive initiatives that come straight from the social justice wish-list.
The bill creates “gender identity” as a protected class of persons under the law. The concept of protected classes dates back to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Previously recognized protected classes include race, color, national origin, religion, biological gender, disability, and age.
The new bipartisan bill provides that “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” are protected classes from discrimination or exclusion under any program funded by the law.
While the concept is new to federal law, federally funded National Public Radio has defined “gender identity” as including “man, woman, neither, or both.” It recognizes that gender identity is not outwardly visible.
In addition, the American Medical Association’s Board of Trustees drafted a new resolution this year to remove “male” or “female” designations from official birth certificates. The implication is that the concept of “gender identity” can be left to a later date.
Some administrative agencies are also beginning to adopt gender identity rules. The Department of Health and Human Services released a statement that it intended to move forward with modifications to sexual discrimination rules, including gender identity and sexual orientation.
No Republican Senators have yet made any public statements about whether they will support the bipartisan bill in light of the expansion of federal discrimination law.