Something so crucial – it tears at the very foundation of this country. The fact that the GOP would even consider cutting taxpayer money from this service is proof that they are heartless, soulless monsters.
Nancy Pelosi is mad at the GOP for cutting Department of Defense funding specifically set aside for servicemen and women who want the government to pay for their gender transition surgery.
Missouri GOP Rep. Vicky Hartzler offered an amendment to the House National Defense Authorization Act. The amendment stipulates: “Funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to provide medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care.” It passed the House Rules Committee and now moves to the House floor.
Transgenders have been allowed to openly serve in the military since last year. The current policy allows them to receive any medical help deemed necessary – including surgery and hormone therapy. The Rand Corporation estimates the annual cost for medical services for transgender military members to be between $2.4 and $8.4 million.
“Republicans should be ashamed: instead of protecting the men and women who risk their lives to defend our freedoms, they are fighting to rip away the health care of thousands of brave service members. This cowardly Republican amendment targeting transgender men and women in uniform effectively bans these patriotic Americans from serving their country. This disgusting amendment is unprecedented, unacceptable and undermines our national security.”
Pelosi is not the only liberal angry at the legislation. The co-chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, Colorado Rep. Jared Polis, tried to block the amendment, but was blocked by the Rules Committee. American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway-Mack referred to the amendment as “vile” and a “vicious attack on service members.”
How in the world are our troops going to defeat ISIS if they can’t get the hormone therapy they so vitally need? To be honest, I’m more embarrassed Democrats didn’t address the issue of where gender fluid troops can go to the bathroom while fighting in Tora Bora mountains.
The minority leader continues to demonstrate why she should stay on as the leader of House Democrats. Her presence makes things too easy for the GOP.