President Joe Biden seems prepared to hold the lunches of poor schoolchildren hostage so he can push the radical cause of transitioning children.
Last week, The Free Press reported on a policy shift by the Biden administration that will now include discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity as part of Title IX.
In a press release last month, the “Biden-Harris Administration” announced that regarding its new interpretation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and its Food and Nutrition Service seek “to help ensure its programs are open, accessible and help promote food and nutrition security, regardless of demographics.”
That is, unless school districts agree to pursue the LGBTQ agenda.
As The Free Press reported, Biden is essentially “forcing school districts and universities to implement controversial rules on issues like transgender athletes in order to receive federal funding.”
That change means in part that schools receiving any kind of federal funding, including for students who get subsidized school lunch funding, “will be subject to the new Title IX LGBT interpretation.”
In 2019, the last pre-COVID year, roughly 29.6 million children received free or subsidized lunches through the FNS< according to the USDA.
The USDA touts that its National School Lunch Program helps alleviate “food insecurity” among America’s poorer households, and cites a 2017 study that found “child nutrition programs improved diet quality and academic performance for children in low-income and food-insecure households.”
Yet, children in school districts that don’t go along with Biden’s radical LGBTQ agenda would be stripped of that program.
Biden’s shift “means that schools around the country will be forced to comply with a range of pro-transgender policies in things like sports, housing, locker rooms and bathrooms if they want to continue receiving federal funds.”
Sarah Perry, a legal expert at the Heritage Foundation, told Center Square that districts could see funds dry up for claims of “sexual harassment” and “sexual assault” against students who “misgender” classmates.
Yet among states, Florida and South Dakota appear ready to push back.
In a statement to The Blaze, Christina Pushaw, spokeswoman for Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, called it “appalling that the Biden Administration is threatening to withhold food from disadvantaged children in order to advance a deranged political agenda – that Floridians have rejected.”
“Sadly, this would not be the first time that Biden has pursued petty political score-settling to the detriment of Americans’ well-being,” she added. “We will not allow Biden to force Floridians to choose between children’s food and parents’ rights. That is the kind of ‘decision’ that a totalitarian regime would force upon its citizenry.”
“The federal government,” she continued, “has no authority to follow through on these threats, but Governor DeSantis will always remain vigilant in protecting Floridians from unconstitutional federal overreach.”
In a social media post, South Dakota’s Republican Gov. Kristi Noem noted, “President Biden is holding lunch money for poor Americans hostage in pursuit of his radical agenda. He is insisting that we allow biological males to compete in girls’ sports or else lose funding for SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] and school lunch programs.”
“South Dakota will continue to defend basic fairness so that our girls can compete and achieve. I would remind President Biden that we have defeated him in litigation before and are ready to do so again. Mr. President, we’ll see you in court,” she added.