Jul 14, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C — The House of Representatives voted 209 to 214 yesterday to defeat the amendment would have put an end to the use of military funding for “sex change” surgeries. There are 24 Republicans who voted on the side of the LGBT lobby to defeat the amendment.
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler’s amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would have represented a unique opportunity, in a united Congress, to put an end to this abuse of our military and of American taxpayer dollars, by putting an end to the use of defense funding to pay for genital-mutilating “sex reassignment surgeries.” The new amendment would have made it so “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.”
This heinous abuse of presidential power was saved from repeal only by the efforts of 24 Republican members of congress who went against their clear duty to protect the readiness, safety and privacy of military men and women.
The following is a list of the Republicans who voted against this measure:
Amash – Michigan 3rd District
Bergman – Michigan 1st District
Coffman – Colorado 6th District
Comstock – Virginia 10th District
Costello – Pennsylvania 6th District
Cook – California 8th District
Curbelo – Florida 26th District
Denham – California 10th District
Dent – Pennsylvania 15th District
Faso – New York 19th District
Fitzpatrick – Pennsylvania 8th District
Issa – California 49th District
Katko – New York 24th District
Knight – California 25th District
Lance – New Jersey 7th District
LoBiondo – New Jersey 2nd District
MacArthur – New Jersey 3rd District
Mast – Florida 18th District
Reed – New York 23rd District
Reichert – Washington 8th District
Ros-Lehtinen – Florida 27th District
Shuster – Pennsylvania 9th District
Stefanik – New York 21st District
Tenney – New York 22nd District
“This defeat of Congresswoman Hartzler’s amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act is a tragedy for our country and our military, and was made possible by the 24 Republicans who betrayed the values of their constituents and their party platform,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “It is disheartening to see the best interests of our military spurned by weak representatives who caved to political demands, denying this critical opportunity to reject the Obama administration’s appalling sex-reassignment mandate. This presidential edict requires the Department of Defense to take taxpayer’s money allocated to support our national defense and use it to fund surgical procedures for those suffering from gender dysphoria,” said Staver.
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