Murray blasts GOP measure on transgender athletes: ‘Have a little bit of heart’

News | March 6, 2021

Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) on Saturday tore into a Republican amendment to block funding for schools that allow transgender athletes to participate in women’s sports, urging one of her GOP colleagues to “have a little bit of heart.”

The Senate Health Committee chairwoman slammed the amendment from Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), a former college football coach, calling it “simply an attempt to discriminate against transgender students.”

“Can’t we just have a little bit of heart and compassion in this world for someone who doesn’t look or live exactly like you,” Murray said with exasperation after senators voted through the night on Republican messaging amendments to the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill.