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PoliticsHouse passes amendment to block funding for transgender troops ban

06:31  19 june  2019
06:31  19 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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The House voted Tuesday night to block the Pentagon from using funding to implement its ban on most transgender troops . The 243-183 vote came as an amendment to a trillion spending package that includes the fiscal 2020 defense spending bill.

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The House voted Tuesday night to block the Pentagon from using funding to implement its ban on most transgender troops.

The 243-183 vote came as an amendment to a $1 trillion spending package that includes the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill.

"The president and his administration wrongfully argue that it's about military readiness and unit cohesion, but these arguments were the same ones that were used to keep the military racially segregated," Rep. Anthony Brown (D-Md.) said on the House floor. "Transgender service members increase lethality, readiness. They have served honorably and received prestigious commendations."

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The House passed , by a 243-183 vote, an amendment to block Trump's transgender ban from remaining in effect. The move still faces an uphill battle CQ: House Passes Bill To Renew Medicaid Programs The House passed a health care bill late Tuesday that would authorize funding for

The Democratic-controlled House voted to block the Trump administration's new transgender troop policy during a Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that blocks funding for a policy that forces members of the U.S. armed forces to serve My amendment just passed the House 243 to 183 w/bipartisan support.

Nine Republicans voted in support of the amendment.

The House previously voted in March to condemn the Trump administration's transgender troops policy. At that time, five Republicans joined all Democrats in supporting the measure.

The Pentagon's policy, which took effect in April, bans most transgender people from serving in the military unless they serve in their biological sex or were grandfathered-in under the 2016 open-service policy.

The Trump administration and its allies denies the policy is a ban because of the carve outs.

"This amendment risks undermining the readiness of our military at a time when we can least afford it," Rep. Ken Calvert (R-Calif.) said on the floor. "This current policy is not, I repeat, not a ban on service by transgender individuals. It carefully balances the readiness needs of the military with the medical needs of transgender individuals who wish to serve."

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Vicky Hartzler was an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to block the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy for both service In 2016, then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter ended the ban on transgender people being able to serve openly in the military.

Opponents argue the policy effectively is a ban akin to the defunct "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that banned gay, lesbian and bisexual troops from serving openly.

Four lawsuits against the policy are still pending.

The March resolution against the policy was non-binding, whereas Tuesday's amendment would have an effect if it were to become law.

But the amendment is unlikely to become law. Still, LGBT advocates were still tracking the House vote as still sending a message.

House Democrats are also expected to bring a transgender troops amendment to the floor when they debate the annual defense policy bill in the coming weeks.

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