Obama Officials ‘Are Reviewing’ Mississippi’s Anti-LGBT Law, May Cut Billions In Federal Funding

At least two federal agencies are currently investigating if language in a new anti-LGBT law signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, violate federal laws that could make the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reports that the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development “are aware” of Mississippi’s law “and are reviewing it.”

“Laws do have consequences including consequences that governors might not have imagined when they signed these things,” Maddow noted.

Maddow also reported that the Dept. of Transportation is also reviewing Mississippi’s new law.

Last week, we reported that the Obama administration was considering whether North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law makes the state ineligible for billions of dollars in federal aid for schools, highways and housing.

The U.S. Department of Education told The New York Times it was reviewing North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law “to determine any potential impact on the state’s federal education funding.”

“We will not hesitate to act if students’ civil rights are being violated,” said a Department spokesperson.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who is a former mayor of Charlotte, told The Charlotte Observer that North Carolina’s discriminatory bill “isn’t who we are.” His department, which currently provides around $1 billion a year in funding to North Carolina, is also reviewing the legislation to determine whether the state was in jeopardy of losing federal transportation funding.

Watch Rachel Maddow’s segment below: