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House to vote on barring transgender health care in U.S. military

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Garry Little | 15 July, 2017, 00:30

Hartzler says her amendment is meant to prevent the military from paying for transgender surgeries but explains that her motive is "to ensure that our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world".

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

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

"At a time when we should be focusing on the threats from North Korea, and Putin, and ISIS, we're having to deal with a threat here at home - a domestic threat - of allowing transgenders.in our service, which is a real problem because it impacts their readiness, and it's a huge cost for our military", Hartzler said.

The American Medical Association has made clear that medical treatment for transgender people is necessary. To prepare for "transgender inclusion", the Army is reportedly instructing women soldiers to accept sharing public showers, restrooms and barracks with gender-confused "transgenders", including men who call themselves "women" yet still possess their inborn male genitalia intact. Following official ratification of the leadership's decision by the House Rules Committee, the amendment was headed to the House floor on July 13. The Pentagon lifted the ban on transgender troops serving openly in the USA military last summer, but retained the ban on transgender recruits.

Hartzler estimated transition surgeries, which she said most private insurance plans don't even cover, could cost the military $1.3 billion over the next 10 years. But conservatives continued to support a rollback on Obama's military "transgender" policies, and Federal News Radio reported June 27 that "there's still a possibility the [Hartzler] amendment could come up again when the bill goes to the House floor [in July]".

The amendment, put forward by Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler of Missouri, is being considered as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, which authorizes the military's budget for the next fiscal year.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called on the GOP to withdraw the amendment, which she said was "designed to attack the health and dignity of men and women who serve our country".

Another amendment submitted to the Rules Committee by Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) would express the sense of Congress LGBT service members, including transgender personnel, should "be commended for their service to the United States". She said the amendment would also strip "medically necessary" care from transgender family members.

The reason for the amendment is that Hartzler believes pro-transgender policies reduce military readiness.

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. That would include life-changing (and many would argue, life-saving) hormone therapy and gender reassignment treatment.

"With the challenges we are facing across the globe, we are asking the American people to invest their hard-earned money in national defense".

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