House votes to block rule forcing foster families to affirm ‘gender identity’ or risk losing children

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass an amendment to a bill that would cut off funding for the proposed Department of Health and Human Services rule requiring foster families to affirm a child’s “gender identity.”

According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, this rule stipulates that foster families must use a child’s preferred pronouns and chosen name or risk having their children transferred to another home.

HHS claims that this rule is intended to provide “safe and appropriate placement” for children in care.

“In certain cases, we anticipate that a report from a LGBTQI+ youth that they feel their placement is not safe or appropriate should merit a response of great urgency from the agency,” the rule stated.

The Biden Administration has praised the proposed rule issued by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for its ability to ensure that LGBT-identifying children are placed in foster homes where their needs will be met and they will be protected from mistreatment related to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

While families have the option to apply for a religious exemption, HHS’ proposed rule requires an assessment of whether applying the requirement furthers a compelling interest and considers less restrictive alternatives available.

In response, Republican Illinois Rep. Mary Miller and Republican Oklahoma Rep. Josh Brecheen introduced the Protecting Religious Freedom for Foster Familiar Act.

Miller wrote on X earlier this month, “The Biden Administration is now targeting foster parents in their push to erase parental rights and force their extreme transgender agenda on young children.”

The House, on Tuesday, voted to support the amendment to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024.

This amendment would block funding to the Health and Human Services rule proposed by the National Health Service.

According to a report released by The Daily Caller News Foundation (DCNF), this amendment bars any funds from the appropriations bill from being used to “finalize, implement, administer or enforce” said rule.

Brecheen, the author of the amendment, stated, “The federal government should not force foster families to violate their sincerely held religious or moral beliefs in order to house children. President Biden’s bureaucrats continue to pursue an anti-Christian, far-Left agenda — all without the authority of Congress. With this legislation, we are fighting back.”

Original cosponsors of the bill included Republican Representatives Jeff Duncan from South Carolina, Barry Moore from Alabama, and Eric Burlison from Missouri.

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