Leo Hohmann – July 14, 2017
Should taxpayers fund sex changes and hormone therapy for soldiers, sailors and marines who suffer from “gender dysphoria” and are in the process of “transitioning” from male to female or vice versa?
“Yes,” say all of the Democrats and 24 Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.
An amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 that would have banned Pentagon funding of surgeries for transgenders in the U.S. military failed to pass the House Thursday night by a vote of 209-214.
Not only did 24 Republicans cross over and vote with the Democrats, but another six Republicans did not even bother to vote on Rep. Vicky Hartzler’s amendment that would have banned such funding.
Hartzler, R-Mo., said the issue at hand was one of national defense and how best to maintain military readiness, not whether one supports transgenderism. She kept her arguments focused on readiness and economics.