South Dakota governor criticizes Biden, Vilsack, and links school lunch money to transgender, LGBT policies

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South Dakota Republican government Kristi Noem spoke out to TBEN News about a new USDA demand that will essentially tie federal school lunch funding to the Biden administration’s adherence to the Biden administration’s interpretation of Title IX, which is anti-discrimination. prohibited on the basis of gender.

Noem told “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Sunday that her state has the “strongest” legal protections against biological men who participate in women’s sports, and goes on to discuss how President Biden is now trying to punish her state if it doesn’t agree to his rendering of Title IX.

“This White House has threatened to take all our school meals for poor and underprivileged children if we don’t fulfill their mandate,” she said.

“So it’s interesting to me that not only have they compromised my timber contracts to destroy my timber industry, they have not only mandated certain activities on their federal lands, such as National Parks and Bureau of Land Management Practices. Not only do they come forward.” with higher taxes and more spending… they are willing to hurt children.”

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In a statement announcing the new policy, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said there must be “recognition”[tion of] the vulnerability of LGBTQI+ communities and provide them with a way to mourn any discrimination they face.”

“We hope that by standing firm against these inequalities, we will help bring about much-needed change,” the USDA chief added.

The Vilsack guideline requires that state schools seeking National School Lunch Program resources consider Title IX inclusive of gender identity.

South Dakota Attorney General Mark Vargo is one of 22 state attorneys general challenging the move in court, which is headed by Todd Rokita of Indiana and Herbert Slatery III of Tennessee.

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Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota.

Kristi Noem, Governor of South Dakota.
(Rachel Mummey/Bloomberg via Getty)

“We all know that the Biden administration is determined to impose a far-left agenda on Americans across the country, but they have reached a new level of shamelessness with this ploy to withhold food aid for low-income children unless schools provide the left’s,” Rokita said recently.

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Slatery accused the White House of trying to use the bureaucracy “again…to change the law — which is the exclusive prerogative of Congress.”

A USDA official recently told TBEN that students should not be denied access to nutritious lunches because of the way they identify themselves sexually:

“Whether you’re running errands, standing in line at the school cafeteria or collecting food from a food bank, you should be able to do this without fear of discrimination,” Undersecretary Stacy Dean told the outlet.

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Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses the press.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack addresses the press.
(Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

On “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Noem added that there has been a general shift in the way she interacts with the federal government, from the Trump to Biden administrations.

Under Trump, South Dakota has been able to be “on the attack” with the support of the White House, while in cases like the School Lunch Directive it requires its administration to be on the defensive.

“So it never ends. My best shot at bringing this federal government down the way it works in Joe Biden’s America is to take them to court and charge them,” she said.

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“But unfortunately, what happens then is that I’m on the defensive all day, just to protect my people from the high inflation, the high taxes, the high food costs that they have to deal with every day and that are affecting their budget. harm, so bad.”

Under Trump, she said she was “out there with a president who let me do my job, and I could focus on economic development, focus on our state being low, rules that we were taxed low.”

“It’s been a complete fundamental change since Joe Biden entered the White House,” Noem said, adding that South Dakota nevertheless thrives under conservative state-level governance.

“We’re running the country with our economy. Our kids are outperforming kids in any other state. And the educational outcomes. I have less than 700 people in South Dakota who are currently unemployed because when the president offered those increased unemployment benefits, we were the only state that said no thank you.”