Trump Transgender Ban On Hold Until February

Trump Transgender Ban On Hold Until February

Trump Transgender Ban On Hold Until February

Trump's August 25 directive ordered the military to immediately stop paying for transition-related medical expenses, unless a service member's health was in jeopardy. "Transgender service members are expertly trained, well-qualified and deeply committed to protecting our country and the Senators who refused to speak out are not only directly attacking them, but our armed forces as a whole".

For now, transgender troops currently in the military are being allowed to reenlist, according to new Pentagon guidelines reported Friday by the Associated Press. Under Obama past year, the Pentagon ended its ban on transgender people serving openly, calling the prohibition outdated.

"Current transgender members will continue to serve throughout the military and continue to receive necessary medical treatment as prescribed by their medical provider", Pentagon spokesman Col. Rob Manning said. He gave Mattis six months to create policy on those already serving. Mattis said a panel will determine how Trump's transgender ban will be implemented.

Any member of the military who meets the medical and readiness standards should be allowed to serve-including those who are transgender. Sen.

Mattis released interim guidance Thursday calling for the development of a plan to implement the directives in the President's memorandum on transgender military service.

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McCain, who fought the Pentagon's 2010 decision to allow gay people to openly serve in the military, was one of four cosponsors of the bill that would stop the Defense Department denying transgender troops the ability to serve.

"Our armed forces should welcome the service of any qualified individual who is willing and capable of serving our country", Collins said in a statement.

Since then, officials have been working to figure out a new policy, including whether transgender troops now in the military should be thrown out. "I am so grateful to Chairman McCain, Senator Collins, and Ranking Member Reed for joining me to introduce this bipartisan bill to block the Defense Department from kicking transgender troops out of our military". Susan Collins of Maine.

The legislation also requires Mattis to complete his policy review by end of the year and to provide the results to Congress. This amendment received bipartisan support, however, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has refused to bring it up for a vote during floor debate for the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

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