Chairman Crowley Statement on Republicans’ Anti-Transgender Amendment to Defense Authorization Bill

July 13, 2017
Press Release

(Washington, DC) - House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe Crowley (D-NY) issued the following statement after Republican leaders announced they will allow a vote on an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would deny medically-necessary health care to transgender service members. The amendment, authored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.), will serve as an effective ban on these brave men and women from serving their country:

"This amendment is a direct attack on the courageous transgender men and women who want to serve and protect America. If this hateful initiative is enacted, it will undo many of the advancements Democrats have championed to expand opportunities within the military to qualified, capable, and willing individuals – efforts that have strengthened our military and made our country more secure. Republicans should be ashamed that they are advancing a measure that will ban necessary medical treatment for transgender individuals, effectively denying them the opportunity to serve their country. I urge my Republican colleagues to reject this misguided effort.”