Today, Education and Labor Committee Republican Leader Virginia Foxx (R-NC) issued the following statement after Democrats opposed a Republican amendment to H.R. 7780, the Mental Health Matters Act, which would require schools to obtain parental consent before providing mental health or social and emotional services to students:
“At every turn, the Left is attempting to undermine the rights of parents: from kicking them out of school board meetings to offering gender transition counseling secretly. Democrats continuously refuse to admit through word or action that parents are the primary stakeholders in their children’s lives.
“This amendment would have ensured that activist school administrators do not go behind the backs of parents. Democrats voted against it. Requiring parental consent for mental health counseling should not be controversial.
“Bottom line: Republicans are working to empower parents.”