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Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA

Outrageous Anti-Transgender Amendment Offered to NDAA”

In June a year ago, the Obama administration announced that it would allow transgender soldiers to serve openly for the first time in history, and in September the Pentagon said it would cover gender-related surgeries. "You're joining the US military", he said.

The U.S. House of Representatives, on July 13, rejected 214-209 a budget amendment, put forward by U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler ( R-MO ), that would have prohibited the Department of Defense from paying for transgender employees' medical procedures related to their transition. The Missouri congresswoman said the amendment was intended as a cost-cutting measure.

"There are many problems, but funding transition surgeries with tax dollars is problematic because the surgery is very costly", Hartzler said.

Why exactly Mattis called Hartzler on Thursday to urge her to withdraw the amendment is unclear; however, in his statement to Task & Purpose said, Michael seemed to suggest that if transgender troops are allowed to serve openly, Mattis will ensure that they can do so without suffering any form of prejudice.

Hartzler previously offered an amendment to the NDAA to prohibit transgender people from openly serving in the military, and has characterized allowing transgender people to do so as a "domestic threat".

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. "Transgender Americans, in uniform or not, deserve better than this hateful amendment from those elected to represent them".

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis announced on June 30 that the Pentagon has approved a six-month delay of the start date for allowing transgender recruits to enlist in the military.

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The vote on the amendment, which appeared to have significant Republican support, came after a heated afternoon debate.

Transgender troops now in the military have been able to serve openly since previous year.

Hartzler's amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) follows another that she withdrew last week targeting the Obama-imposed policy allowing gender-confused "transgender" individuals to serve openly in the USA military. "We applaud those members from both parties who stood up for the thousands of transgender service members proudly serving their country". "The Hartzler amendment undermines readiness by arbitrarily limiting medical care for transgender service members". She told USA Today her staff "conducted their own research" as to the cost of such health care.

"The Hartzler Amendment is specifically created to discriminate against transgender members of the Armed Forces and their families", Ian Thompson, legislative representative for the ACLU, stated.

"By my figures, we are projected to pay $3.7 billion over the next ten years for sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for those in the military that wish to transition from one sex to another", Perry said.

A 2016 analysis by Rand Corp. found that the impact on military readiness would be minimal, since even the highest estimates indicate that less than 0.1 percent of the total force would ever seek transition-related medical care that would hinder their deployment.

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