Today, Thursday, July 30,2020, the House will be voting on Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA)’s “woke” amendment to overturn the Department of Defense’s rule restricting individuals suffering from gender dysphoria from serving in the military or undergoing a medical transition while in the military. We are encouraging Sentinels to call their congressman and urge them to vote NO on the amendment.
Here is a quick run down of the details:
Why this amendment is bad: This amendment would hurt the military’s ability to defend the country effectively. Without this policy, we risk putting individuals in situations where they may not be able to fulfill the demands their service requires, putting themselves and their prospective military unit at risk.
Studies have shown that individuals with gender dysphoria attempt suicide at rates between eight and 10 times the average person. They also experience severe anxiety again at between eight and nine times higher rate. There is also no evidence gender-reassignment surgery solves these challenges.
Our legislators should focus on how to keep the nation safe and support our troops, not on injecting dangerous identity politics into the military. Here is additional info if needed.
What bill is it: This is an amendment to H.R. 7617. The full title of the bill is the Defense, Commerce, Justice, Science, Energy and Water Development, Financial Services and General Government, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2021. It’s being offered to the defense section of the bill.
When is the vote: We expect the vote to be either Thursday afternoon or evening.
>> Message to leave: Vote NO on the Speier amendment to HR7617 to overturn the Department of Defense’s current transgender policy. Congress should focus on how to keep the nation safe and support our troops, not on injecting dangerous identity politics into the military.
Thank you for making the call! We realize this is a quick turnaround, we just confirmed the amendment vote will be happening and wanted you to know right away.