House refuses to ban transgender surgery for troops

House refuses to ban transgender surgery for troops”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that "This cowardly Republican amendment targeting transgender men and women in uniform effectively bans these patriotic Americans from serving their country".

"Drip by drip we have watched our military's focus eroded", Perry said.

The House of Representatives is poised to vote today on an amendment to prohibit transgender military service members and military dependents from receiving appropriate medical care.

Once the amendment comes to the floor, it will be the first time in history the US history has considered a measure specifically aimed at rolling back rights for transgender people.

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

Mattis last month approved a recommendation by the military services to delay the accession of transgender applications into the military until January 1, 2018.

"This vile amendment is a vicious attack on service members who are sacrificing so much and putting their lives on the line for our country", said Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association. However, psychiatric treatment for transgender military personnel would still be allowed.

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Katko, R-Camillus, and Tenney, R-New Hartford, who represent Central New York, were joined by Upstate Republicans Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro; Tom Reed, R-Corning; and John Faso, R-Kinderhook, in opposing the GOP amendment.

Democrats argued the true intent of the amendment was to discriminate against transgender troops, as not being able to receive medical care would effectively prevent transgender people from being able to serve in the military.

The study estimated that between 30 and 140 people would seek hormone treatments per year and 25 to 130 would seek gender reassignment surgeries.

Just under an hour later, the House of Representatives narrowly voted down Hartzler's proposal 214-209, to audible cheers from the House floor.

The vote came as Defense Secretary James Mattis has ordered the military branches to study the impact of President Obama's decision a year ago to allow open transgender troops to remain on duty rather than being automatically discharged.

Of the 200 amendments to the $696 billion National Defense Authorization Act that were being debated in the House, the transgender amendment - offered by conservative Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri - was one of the more contentious, CNN notes.

During the Rules Committee hearing, Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, attempted to remove Hartzler's amendment from the bill. She said the amendment would also strip "medically necessary" care from transgender family members. Republican lawmakers allowed the amendment to proceed out of committee Wednesday while rejecting several pro-LGBTQ amendments that had been proposed. She said the amendment to the annual policy defense policy bill would have reversed the Obama-era practice of requiring the armed forces to fund medical procedures. Advocates state that lifting the ban allows the military to recruit the best talent, regardless of transgender status, and cite to a 2016 RAND Corporation study that found open service would have a "minimal impact on readiness".

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