GREENSBORO, NC – U.S. Representative Mark Walker (R-N.C.) today offered to pay for State University of New York (SUNY) student-athletes to stay in a hotel in Greensboro after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo banned them from using school funds for travel in North Carolina for the NCAA Division III Swimming Championship.
The restriction from Cuomo stems from a 2016 executive order by the governor that barred publicly funded travel to North Carolina.
Due to the order, more than a dozen student-athletes will have to travel more than 2 hours to Virginia and back every day for competition, putting them at a clear disadvantage in the national championships.
“Student-athletes shouldn’t be put at a disadvantage because New York’s governor wants to export his radical views,” Walker said. “Maybe Governor Cuomo has been so busy trying to raise taxes, scare off businesses and limit protections for unborn babies that he did not realize the H.B. 2 debate has passed. North Carolina welcomes all people and student-athletes shouldn’t be used as political pawns. We would be proud to have the SUNY students stay in our great state.”
You can learn more about the New York executive order in this report by Fox News.