Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) announced a new House bill on Thursday that would bar trans-identifying men from competing in Olympic or amateur sports.
“Today, I introduced the Protection of Women in Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to prohibit any governing body recognized by @TeamUSA from allowing biological men to participate in ANY athletic event intended for women,” Steube explained. “With groups like @USABoxing adopting insane transgender policies, this legislation would protect women and prevent delusional organizations such as @usaboxing from being recognized by the U.S. Olympic committee.”
Today, I introduced the Protection of Women in Olympic and Amateur Sports Act to prohibit any governing body recognized by @TeamUSA from allowing biological men to participate in ANY athletic event intended for women.
With groups like @USABoxing adopting insane transgender…
— Congressman Greg Steube (@RepGregSteube) February 1, 2024
Along with his post on X, the Florida Congressman shared a press release — in which he explained that the legislation was, in part, a response to the 2024 transgender policy adopted by USA Boxing. According to that policy, trans-identifying men may compete as women if they have completed sex reassignment surgery and have maintained testosterone below a certain level for three years prior to their first competition.
“Congress should not have to take legislative action to prevent biological men from hitting women for championship titles. Due to the illogical USA Boxing transgender policy, I introduced legislation to prevent organizations who choose to live in delusion from being recognized by the U.S. Olympic committee. We must combat the erasure of women’s sports by standing for truth, reality, safety, and fairness,” Steube said in the press release.
Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-LA) — who introduced a companion bill to Steube’s in the U.S. Senate — also issued a statement on the proposed legislation.
“It is deeply disturbing to see USA Boxing change its policy to allow men to box against women. Men should not be competing in women’s sports at any level—and especially not in a sport like boxing,” Tuberville said. “Whether in little league or the Olympics, it’s unsafe, it’s unfair, and it’s just plain wrong. This bill will ensure that the Olympics are fair to American women who train their whole lives to represent our country on the world stage.”
The bill comes just days after trans-identifying swimmer Lia Thomas began taking legal steps toward a World Aquatics rule change — which would allow trans-identifying men to compete as women in elite swimming competitions even if they had gone through male puberty.
Steube’s bill, if passed, would “prohibit any governing body recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) from allowing men to participate in any athletic event intended for females.”
It is co-sponsored by Reps Harriet Hageman (R-WY), Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Randy Weber (R-TX), Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), William Timmons (R-SC), Erin Houchin (R-IN), Neal Dunn (R-FL), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), Brian Babin (R-TX), Andrew Clyde (R-GA),Tony Gonzalez (R-TX), Claudia Tenney (R-NY), Mike Bost (R-IL), and David Kustoff (R-TN).