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DeVos calls Obama transgender guidelines 'overreach'

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 00:58

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos criticized as ''overreach'' former President Barack Obama's guidelines to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, one day after President Donald Trump revoked the guidance. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday (February 23) criticized as "overreach" former President Barack Obama's guidelines to public schools to let transgender students use the bathrooms of their choice, one day after President Donald Trump revoked the guidance. "This issue was a very huge example of the Obama administration's overreach - to suggest a one-size-fits-all federal government approach, top-down approach, to issues that are best dealt with and solved at a personal level and a local level," DeVos said at a gathering of conservatives outside Washington. Conservatives are celebrating President Donald Trump's role in delivering them a victory in November's election, but beneath the surface at an annual convention this week lurk tensions central to how Republicans will govern. Known as CPAC, the event is being held in suburban Maryland, just outside Washington, D.C., as Republicans who control the White House and Congress argue among themselves over issues such as trade, taxes and how to dismantle and replace President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare law.

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DeVos calls Obama transgender guidelines 'overreach'

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 00:58