Dem Head of Armed Services Committee Promises Push for Transgender Troops in 2020

Democrat Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash) promised a new push for allowing transgender troops in the military this year, telling “Defense News” it was among his “unfinished priorities from the last year.”

“Even if we know (Senate Armed Services Committee chairman) Sen. Jim Inhofe and Donald Trump won’t change their minds, do we want to take another run at it and how?” mused Smith “We’ll be discussing that with a lot of people.”

April of 2019, the Trump administration ban on transgender troops went into effect. CBS news reported.


Military Times reports the head of the House Armed Services Committee said he hopes next year to revisit legislation allowing transgender recruits to join the military, listing it among his top unresolved issues in the recently adopted defense authorization bill.

House lawmakers last summer approved language in the sweeping, annual defense budget measure that would have overridden President Trump’s ban on transgender individuals joining in the military. But the proposal was dropped during negotiations, and the final policy bill included only some new studies on the potential impact of allowing them to join.

Smith said the issue is among his biggest unfinished priorities from the last year, along with ending Trump’s access to military construction funds for the controversial southern border wall project and closing down the detention facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay.

“All of those issues were not resolved to the satisfaction of me and the Democratic party,” he said. “The question is what is doable in those areas “

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