29 Jun '17, 3am

House lawmakers threaten to block new military transgender rules:

WASHINGTON — Republican House lawmakers want Defense Secretary James Mattis to reverse military plans to allow transgender individuals to enlist in the military, and on Wednesday threatened legislative action if he moves ahead with the idea. “This policy is not only costly, it's also a threat to readiness,” said Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., during debate on the annual defense authorization bill before the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. “Military service is a privilege, not a right. It is predicated on the singular goal of winning the war and defeating the enemy. All decisions on personnel and funding should be made with this in mind.” Supporters of the new transgender policy insist that it does improve force readiness, by not restricting the talent pool of military recruits based on outdated stereotypes. But conservative lawmakers decried the rules, written by...

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