Democrats presented their so-called “bipartisan infrastructure” legislation as the tamer of the Biden administration-backed bills in front of Congress this fall, but the text actually included another culture war win for leftists.
Under section 60307 of the recently passed deal, American institutions that receive funding from the infrastructure legislation are denied the ability to acknowledge scientific facts about sex.
“No individual in the United States may, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity that is funded in whole or in part with funds made available to carry out this title,” the infrastructure bill reads.
The use of the word “perceived” automatically punishes entities for acknowledging sex in areas such as sports, where men who claim to identify as female try to play on women’s teams.
Institutions that do not comply with this woke carve out risk oversight and legal action from the administration.
Thanks, craven GOP, for providing the assist to erase women from the law. pic.twitter.com/4VpCKKU3uJ
— Inez Stepman ⚪️🔴⚪️ (@InezFeltscher) November 8, 2021
As Federalist contributor Rachel Bovard noted, 13 House Republicans and 18 Senate Republicans OKed the bill when it came across their desks but got played in the process. Multiple GOP members claimed they simply wanted money for “roads and bridges,” but they ended up compromising on one of the biggest culture war items in the process. Bovard wrote:
So to claim that a vote for the infrastructure legislation was merely a vote for ‘roads and bridges,’ devoid of any other major political context, is just willfully ignorant of the obvious and openly stated politics at work. A vote for the infrastructure bill was very clearly a vote for the reconciliation legislation.
This reconciliation legislation, which has already undergone cuts following massive feuds between progressives and holdouts on the Democrat side, seeks to codify radical climate law and other leftist wish-list items.