Democratic lawmakers again demand Education Department documents on Title IX

Four Democratic lawmakers are again demanding documents related to controversial new Education Department regulations under Title IX, the federal law that bars gender discrimination in education. 

The new rule establishes protections for those accused of campus sexual harassment and assault — including rights to question evidence and cross-examine their accusers — that critics argue may discourage victims from coming forward.

 In a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Reps. Jackie Speier, Ayanna Pressley and Brenda Lawrence asked for documents and communications pertaining to the rules’ development, some dating to 2017, by July 3. All of the Democrats on the committee, the letter noted, had requested the same documents in February.

The department in February responded that legal authorities prevented them from commenting on a rule after it was been proposed and before it was published in its final form. The lawmakers on Monday dismissed that response as “without merit.”

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