House Republicans Fail to Jam Anti-Trans Amendment Into Defense Spending Bill

House Republicans Fail to Jam Anti-Trans Amendment Into Defense Spending Bill”

At the time, she proposed an amendment which would do just that, but then withdrew it without a vote, threatening to bring it back to the floor if the Pentagon didn't do it first. "Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing us", Hartzler wrote in a statement. "It is predicated on winning wars and defeating the enemy".

The amendment, pushed by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), was approved in committee but defeated by a vote of 214-209, with 24 Republicans voting with all Democrats to defeat it.

All the Republicans on the Committee voted for it.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a California Republican and Marine Corps veteran, expressed a similar sentiment in an interview with CNN. "Bigotry is the last thing this country should offer any fearless man or woman who volunteers to defend us", Kennedy, who serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, said in a statement.

"Bigotry is the last thing this country should offer any courageous man or woman who volunteers to defend us", Kennedy said. Mattis stated that "this action in no way presupposes the outcome of the review" and does not change the policies now in effect, including the policy of allowing those now enlisted to serve openly as transgender.

Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon's personnel system.

Former Secretary of Defense Ash Carter officially repealed the ban on transgenders serving openly in the military in June 2016.

Top Democrats and LGBT leaders say claims of financial frugality are a ruse created to mask the right's larger cultural effort to impede transgender people from serving and marginalize LGBT people in society.

Outrage is building across the country, at least among traditionalists and opponents of political correctness in the military, at the Pentagon's continued celebration of "LGBT pride" under Trump, and especially the Army's new "transgender" training guidelines.

At the urging of the military service leaders, Mattis announced that he was delaying that decision for six months to study the issue further.

"I think it's important that we work closely with the DOD on this", he said, referencing the DoD review.

LGBT advocacy groups condemned Hartzler's amendment. Given that the military budget for fiscal year 2018 (Oct. 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018) is more than 824 billion, that means that trans-related health care would likely cost the military a fraction of a percent of their total assets. However, the American Medical Association has long supported the validity of such treatments, deeming them a "medical necessity" for those diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

During the floor debate, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) cited questionable figures in a statement supporting the discriminatory amendment.

"This was a horrifying, vicious attack on service members and military family members, and our families were beside themselves in fear", said AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack.

The amendment outraged Democrats, who called it ignorant, mean-spirited and denigrating, while Republicans argued the Pentagon should not be spending its money on such medical care.

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