Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) is criticizing the Obama administration’s new guidelines concerning bathrooms in public schools.
“President Obama promised that he would unite the American people, but he has found yet another way to divide us. This announcement violates the Constitution and is based on politics, not what is best for our students. Washington bureaucrats do not have the authority to dictate restroom policies at Indiana schools. Hoosier parents, teachers, and school administrators should work together to determine the right policies for Indiana students,” Sen. Coats said in a statement released on Thursday.
He also joined with 25 other senators in a letter to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and US Secretary of Education John King outlining why they believe the White House cannot tell the nation’s public schools which bathrooms transgender students may use.
Sen. Coats is not seeking re-election.
Republican Todd Young and Democrat Baron Hill won their party’s primaries to compete in the November general election for Sen. Coats’ seat.
Libertarian Lucy Brenton is also seeking the seat held by Sen. Coats in November.