John McCain Cosponsors Bill To Block Trump's Ban On Transgender Troops

The Trump administration has come out against the Gillibrand transgender military amendment

But the Senate's bill would speed up Mattis's timeline to the end of the year, prevent the military from discharging currently-serving transgender troops, and express Congress' conviction that qualified individuals should be allowed to serve regardless of gender identity. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsLin-Manuel Miranda sings show tunes, lobbies lawmakers on congressional train GOP senators make last-ditch bid to repeal ObamaCare GOP senators call on Bannon, Trump to lay off incumbents MORE (R-Maine) introduced the bill as stand-alone legislation on Friday.

"The Senate Armed Services Committee will review the results of the DOD study on accession", McCain said in his statement, "and will continue to work closely with our military leaders on any policy changes as we conduct oversight on this important issue".

He said the Obama-era policy allowing transgender personnel to serve and receive medical treatment will remain in place for now.

"Transgender services members whose term of service expires while the interim guidance is in effect may, at the service member's request, re-enlist under existing procedures".

Mattis had directed the deputy secretary of defence and vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff to develop an implementation plan, Manning said.

"I strongly believe that we should not return to the days of 'forc [ing] young men and women to lie about who they are in order to defend their fellow citizens, '" Mullen wrote, citing language he used in 2010 regarding the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy that forbade gay, lesbian, and bisexual people from serving openly.

Sarah McBride, spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement the memo and new legislation demonstrate the Pentagon and lawmakers, unlike Trump, are willing to support transgender troops. Transgender troops have been openly serving in the military since June 2016.

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

The bipartisan bill, which is also sponsored by Sens. "Doing otherwise would only harm our readiness at a time when our military is deployed around the world in defense of our country". "There is no medical or psychiatric justification for the categorical exclusion of transgender individuals from the Armed Forces".

"Thousands of courageous transgender Americans love our country enough to risk their lives for it, fight for it, and even die for it, and Congress should honor them and let them serve", said Gillibrand, who thanked McCain for his support.

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