Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA

Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on an amendment that would block transgender service members from transition-related medical care, a move that could affect thousands of soldiers.

Hartzler cast her proposal as a good government plan aimed at assuring money is spent only on critical national defense needs. 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. Troops who have the surgery require months of recovery, she added, which means they're unavailable to do their jobs. "It is predicated on winning wars and defeating the enemy".

The Rules Committee has voted in favor of sending an amendment to the House floor that would prohibit Pentagon funding from being used for medical care related to gender transition.

"We won, then they made people change their vote, and that was awful, and then we had to take it up again", Pelosi said.

Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said people should decide what sex they are before signing up. But if you're trying to join the military, you must stay closeted.

Asked by the Blade how confident she is the amendment would fall, Pelosi said Democratic votes would be lined up against it, but the fate of the measure is up to Republicans.

The House is set to consider a Republican-backed measure that would stop the Pentagon from paying for USA service members to undergo gender transition surgeries.

Hartzler's argument is purportedly based on Trans Americans ability to serve, comparing the "affliction" of being transgender to medical issues like flat feet, asthma, and bunions. A Rand Corp. study found that there are between 2,500 and 7,000 transgender service members in the active-duty military, and another 1,500 to 4,000 in the reserves.

Transgender service members have been able to serve openly since past year, when the Pentagon ended a ban. 'This amendment is a mean-spirited, unconstitutional attempt to impede the recruitment of openly transgender individuals who want to serve their country'.

The four-term congresswoman has been mentioned as a possible challenger to Sen. "Military service is a privilege, not a right".

The amendment comes to floor after Mattis announced a six-month delay in an Obama-era policy decision set for July 1, 2017, to begin to allow openly transgender people in the armed forces.

"I think it's important that we work closely with the DOD on this", he said, referring to a pending Pentagon review of the military's transgender policy.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-IL) is actually proposing an amendment that would commend transgender troops on their military service.

The defense policy bill would authorize $696 billion for managing the nation's vast military enterprise in 2018, almost $30 billion more for core Pentagon operations than President Donald Trump requested.

The ACLU issued a statement on the Amendment on Thursday, calling for representatives to vote "no" on Hartzler's Amendment in the interest of constitutionality. Scott Perry, R-Pa., and Ken Buck, R-Colo., would strike a section from the bill that orders a Department of Defense study to assess "vulnerabilities to military installations and combatant commander requirements resulting from climate change over the next 20 years".