Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyWarren launches White House bid with call for ‘structural change’ Joe Kennedy to endorse Warren during campaign announcement Political world mourns Dingell, longest-serving member of Congress MORE (D-Mass.) introduced a House resolution Monday challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to sign executive order promoting artificial intelligence Trump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Trump officials considering Mar-a-Lago for next meeting with China’s Xi: report MORE‘s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
“No one willing to serve in our armed services and sacrifice for this country should be subjected to intolerance and bigotry from their commander-in-chief,” Kennedy, the chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, said.
“But beyond the message sent to our servicemembers, the President’s tweets sent a hateful, harmful message to every single transgender man, woman and child in this nation. Today, my colleagues and I are not only rejecting this misguided policy, but telling every transgender American that they are seen, they are heard, and they will not be erased or discounted by their government.”
Some 111 cosponsors have signed on to the resolution, according to Kennedy’s office.
The 5-4 decision left one injunction by a federal district court in Maryland against the rule in place. Pentagon officials have said they cannot fully implement the new policy until that injunction is resolved.
Transgender troops have been serving openly since June 2016, when the Obama administration lifted the previous ban on their service.
Trump tweeted in 2017 that he would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military,” an order that was immediately challenged.
In March, then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisTrump’s new Syria timetable raises concern among key anti-ISIS allies Trump cannot let Russia endanger American interests in Middle East US military to leave Syria by April: report MORE released an update to the policy that would allow transgender people to do so in their biological sex.
Earlier this month, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandKlobuchar addresses reports of staff mistreatment after launching 2020 campaign Klobuchar hits back at Trump: ‘Looking forward to debating you about climate change’ Gillibrand becomes latest candidate scrutinized for how she eats on campaign trail MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, introduced legislation to allow transgender people to serve in the military.
Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierOvernight Defense: Gillibrand offers bill to let transgender troops serve | Pentagon ready to protect US personnel in Venezuela | Dems revive fight with Trump over Saudis Gillibrand introduces bipartisan bill to allow transgender military service Harris says assault allegations against Virginia lt. gov ‘credible,’ should be investigated MORE (D-Calif.) introduced a companion bill in the House which was cosponsored by Kennedy.