Republicans Consider Ban on Gender Transition Surgeries for Troops

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Her measure bars money from being spent by the military's health care system on gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy.

It's unclear where Hartzler got her figure.

"By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications", she said in a statement.

"This is a discriminatory, unconstitutional attack on transgender service members and their families, plain and simple".

However, the Williams Institute, an LGBTI think tank at the University of California, Los Angeles law school, estimates the real number to be around 15,000.

Reaction from LGBTI groups was swift. Ashley Broadway-Mach, president of the American Military Partner Association, called the proposal a "vicious attack on service members who are sacrificing so much and putting their lives on the line for our country". 'This legislative assault on military families absolutely must be stopped.

The Pentagon announced it was lifting the prohibition on transgender service members last summer, but implementation has proven challenging: While current service members may remain in their roles after transitioning, there's is still no set policy in place for accepting new transgender recruits.

The Human Rights Campaign joined the congressman in speaking out against the proposed amendment.

"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 courageous service members", Pelosi said in a statement.

The House also shot down an amendment aimed at getting the Pentagon out of having to submit a report to Congress detailing the impact of climate change on the armed forces.

The Wisconsin Republican said he wants to Defense Secretary James Mattis on the issue even though Ryan backs an amendment that would effectively override the Pentagon's decision on service by transgender troops. However, transgender people are not now allowed to join the military.

Today, HRC lambasted an anti-transgender amendment being offered by Representative Vicky Hartzler (R-MO).

"You're joining the United States military".

Since Oct. 1, transgender troops have been able to receive medical care and start formally changing their gender identifications in the Pentagon's personnel system.

Top Democrats and LGBT leaders say claims of financial frugality are a ruse created to mask the right's larger cultural effort to impede transgender people from serving and marginalize LGBT people in society. She introduced a different amendment banning all transgender people, but withdrew it before it came to a vote in the committee.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis decided late last month to give the military chiefs another six months to conduct a review to determine if letting transgender people enlist in the armed services will affect the "readiness or lethality" of the force.

During the Rules Committee hearing, Rep. Jared Polis, a Democrat from Colorado, attempted to remove Hartzler's amendment from the bill. Miami Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart voted in favor. There's not an appropriate issue for somebody to prevent a particular kind of medical treatment from being given. "As if that's not outrageous enough, it would also rip away the medically necessary health care of transgender family members".

"Choose what gender you are before you serve", Hunter said.

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