Last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers proposed an amendment to major defense policy legislation that would repeal Trump’s ridiculous ban on transgender military service. The amendment — introduced by Reps. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), A. Donald McEachin (D-Va.), Susan Davis (D-Calif.) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) — was submitted before the House Rules Committee for consideration as part of the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill. The House Rules Committee is set to consider amendments to the defense legislation soon. If the committee (stacked with Republicans BTW) agrees to the amendment, the House will debate and vote on the measure as part of floor consideration of the bill.
The House isn’t the only chamber of Congress where lawmakers are taking action on the transgender military ban. Last week, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) said she intends to introduce a similar amendment against the policy to the Senate version of the defense bill. A month ago, a group of 50 senators sent a letter to Secretary Mattis condemning his implementation of Trump’s ban against transgender people from serving in the military.
All-of-us must make sure our Members of Congress stand against the ban and pledge to vote for repeal.
1 If your MoC is a member of the House Rules Committee, call them and ask them to agree to the amendment and then vote for it on the floor. Everyone else, just call your MoC and ask them to support the amendment and pledge to vote for repeal of the ban.2 If your senator has come out against the ban, call them and thank them and ask them to pledge to vote for the repeal of the ban. If they haven’t call them and let them know they need to now. You can find a list of senators who joined that letter a month ago, here.
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