Unhinged House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attacked Republicans for trying to “rip away” money for transgender service members’ gender transition treatments.
Pelosi released a statement Thursday saying that “Republicans should be ashamed.”
Pelosi said the effort to restrict these funds was “disgusting” and went on to say cutting funding for sex changes is “unprecedented, unacceptable and undermines our national security.”
“Instead of protecting the men and women who risk their lives to defend our freedoms, they are fighting to rip away the health care of thousands of brave service members,” Pelosi said in the statement.
“This cowardly Republican amendment targeting transgender men and women in uniform effectively bans these patriotic Americans from serving their country.”
Pelosi was referring to an amendment filed by Missouri Republican Rep. Vicky Hartzler saying that “funds available to the Department of Defense may not be used to provide medical treatment (other than mental health treatment) related to gender transition to a person entitled to medical care.”
More, via Daily Caller:
The reason for the amendment is that Hartzler believes pro-transgender policies reduce military readiness.
“Military service is a privilege, not a right,” Hartzler said in June. “It is predicated on winning wars and defeating the enemy. All decisions on personnel and funding should be made with this in mind.”
Pro-LGBT military organizations reacted in a similar way to Pelosi, calling the NDAA amendment “vile” and “vicious.”
“To be clear, this vile amendment is a vicious attack on service members who are sacrificing so much and putting their lives on the line for our country,” said American Military Partner Association President Ashley Broadway-Mack.