During Thursday’s White House press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki threatened Alabama lawmakers behind a recently passed bill banning transgender conversion therapy for minors from under 19 years old.
Alabama lawmakers passed the bill believed to be the Compassionate and Protecting Vulnerable Children Act (SB184) by a vote of 66 to 28.
Gov. Kay Ivey (R-AL) signed the bill into law on Friday.
However, ahead of the governor’s signature, Psaki pointed the finger at Alabama lawmakers saying they had been “noted” by the Justice Department and the Department of Health and Human Services.
She also promised that President Joe Biden would hold them accountable.
Two of the lawmakers who paved the way for this legislation and other laws passed to protect children responded to Psaki in statements given to Breitbart News.
Alabama State Rep. Wes Allen (right), a candidate for Alabama’s open secretary of state this election cycle, dismissed Psaki’s remarks.
“I received calls today that Jen Psaki criticized my passage of the Vulnerable Child Protection Act in the Alabama Legislature yesterday,” Allen said in a statement. “First and foremost, I was elected to represent my district, and Psaki was not elected by anyone to represent anyone and secondly, I don’t care what Psaki and the Biden administration think of me.”
The Alabama legislature also passed a law requiring public school students to use the bathroom assigned to the sex listed on their birth certificate. In addition to this provision, an amendment was added to this bill by Alabama State Sen. Shay Shelnutt (R) that mimics Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act.
The House sponsor of that bill, Alabama State Rep. Scott Stadthagen (R), also dismissed the White House rhetoric and advised the Biden administration to “stay their own lane.” “.
“The Tenth Amendment is clear on the role of the federal government as opposed to the state government,” Stadthagen told Breitbart News. “The federal government has no constitutionally defined role in this matter, so the Biden administration should stay in its lane and fix the damage it has done to our border instead of focusing on bills. legitimately adopted in Alabama.”