EXPOSED: These 24 Republicans Voted For Taxpayer Funding of Military Transgender Surgeries and Treatment

On Thursday, the House of Representatives voted 214-209 to reject an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have banned the Pentagon from paying for surgeries and hormone therapy for mentally disturbed individuals who are confused about what sex they are.

Bizpac Review reported that this travesty was made possible by 24 Republicans who betrayed their party to vote with the Democrats. The amendment was proposed by Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler, and it would have saved taxpayers $1.3 billion over the next decade.

“This is about addressing [North] Korea, Russia, ISIS,” Hartzler said during the debate. “We need every defense dollar to go to meeting those threats, not anything else, and we need to make sure our troops are ready and can be deployed.”

Last month, Hartzler said, “The Obama transgender policy, which was implemented without input from Members of Congress, is ill-conceived and contrary to our goals of increasing troop readiness and investing defense dollars into addressing budget shortfalls of the past. By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications.”

“The deployability of individuals going through the sex transition process is highly problematic,” Hartzler continued. “requiring 210 to 238 work days where a soldier is non-deployable after surgery. This recovery time equates to 1.4 million manpower days where transgender personnel cannot deploy and fight our nation’s wars, therefore relying on an already stressed force to pick up the burden. It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve.”

Here are the 24 Republicans who voted against this amendment:

Justin Amash (Michigan)

Jack Bergman (Michigan)

Mike Coffman (Colorado)

Barbara Comstock (Virginia)

Paul Cook (California)

Ryan Costello (Pennsylvania)

Carlos Curbelo (Florida)

Jeff Denham (California)

Charlie Dent (Pennsylvania)

John Faso (New York)

Brian Fitzpatrick (Pennsylvania)

Darrell Issa (California)

John Katko (New York)

Steve Knight (California)

Leonard Lance (New Jersey)

Frank LoBiondo (New Jersey)

Tom MacArthur (New Jersey)

Tom Reed (New York)

Dave Reichert (Washington)

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Florida)

Bill Shuster (Pennsylvania)

Elise Stefanik (New York)

Claudia Tenney (New York)

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