Sens. Gillibrand, Collins introduce amendment to block Trump's transgender military ban

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The Gillibrand-Collins amendment needs 60 votes to pass, and they have said they don't know if they have those votes.

"President Trump's unconscionable assault on the courageous transgender men and women who serve our nation must be stopped", AMPA President Ashley Broadway-Mack said "Trump's transgender military ban harms more than just the service member - it impacts his or her entire military family".

A bipartisan pair of senators introduced an amendment Monday to try to reverse President Donald Trump's ban on transgender individuals serving in the military. Forty-five senators including Gillibrand and Collins (the lone Republican) sent a letter to Mattis in July asking him not to kick out transgender troops. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) would stop the military from kicking out transgender service members exclusively due to their gender identity, according to a press release sent out by GIllibrand's office Monday evening.

The amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act would specifically express to Congress that all qualified individuals who meet the standards to enlist should be allowed to serve in the military. "Gender identity should have nothing to do with it", Gillibrand said in a statement.

Collins introduced a bipartisan amendment with Sen.

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The amendment would also ensure that the DOD can not deny the reenlistment or terminate the current service of someone serving in the Armed Forces based on their gender identity. This review includes the future of now serving openly transgender troops who may have disclosed their gender dysphoria to the Defense Department after former President Barack Obama a year ago rescinded the ban on openly transgender people serving.

The amendment would deny the military from banning a service member based on gender identity, according to Collins' office.

Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who is now battling brain cancer, will lead debate on the NDAA on the Senate floor this week. It also requires Sec.

Collins was part of a bi-partisan effort in 2010 to repeal the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy regrading gay service men and women.

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