The House passed a sweeping anti-hate and anti-bias bill that critics say lacks teeth.
But they say the bill is unlikely to pass the Senate.
The House overwhelmingly passed the legislation, 229-184.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said it was important to provide protections for people who face discrimination because they’re transgender, but added: “This bill is not going to fix the problem.
It’s going to exacerbate it.”
The House will be in session Wednesday for a vote on the legislation.
Ryan called the bill a “common-sense, common-sense effort to help the LGBT community in our nation.”
“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.
The bill is designed to help transgender people, but does not include protections for transgender people of color, or for anyone who identifies as a minority.
The legislation is part of the $5.2 trillion annual spending bill, which includes $4.2 billion for the Department of Education, $1.9 billion for HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment, $2.9 million for community mental health centers, and $3.3 billion for transportation, housing and disaster assistance.
Ryan said the House is still working to reconcile differences with Democrats over how to spend the money.
“This is not an easy bill, it’s a very complex bill,” he told reporters.
Ryan also said that the bill does not cover trans people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender.
“The bill will protect people of all identities and sexual orientations,” Ryan said.
Democrats are expected to be more conservative on the bill than Republicans, who have been working for months to craft the legislation as an LGBT-friendly bill.
The Equality Act passed the House in May, but is awaiting a Senate vote, and it has never made it to the president’s desk.
Ryan has been working to get it through the Senate, which is controlled by Democrats.
House Democrats have said they would like to pass an anti-bullying bill that is similar to the House bill, including the inclusion of transgender people and LGBT people of colour.
But the legislation is unlikely for the time being.
The U.S. Justice Department announced last week that it would not be reviewing a lawsuit brought by a trans woman against the state of Texas over the state’s law barring people who were born female from using the men’s restroom.