In a statement, the Office of the Civil Rights (OCR) Director Roger Severino, said, “When Congress prohibited sex discrimination, it did so according to the plain meaning of the term, and we are making our regulations conform. The American people want vigorous protection of civil rights and faithfulness to the text of the laws passed by their representatives,” said Severino. “The proposed rule would accomplish both goals.”
The HHS explained that its proposed rule will eliminate $3.6 billion in unnecessary paper work burdens imposed by the Obama-era policy.
Separately, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also announced its proposed policy allowing homeless shelters and federal funded housing facilities to deny service to transgender individuals.
Threatening the health and well-being of vulnerable citizens
Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine commented that the Trump administrations new policy proposals “threaten the very health and well-being of some of our most vulnerable citizens.” She added, “The continuous attacks on the rights of transgender Americans, from serving in the military to their very health care, must stop.”