Conservative Rep. Explains Pro-Gender Transition $$ Vote for Military

(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) A group of 23 Republicans voted against an amendment that would have prohibited the military from spending taxpayer money on gender reassignment surgery or hormone therapy treatment. The amendment, presented by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO), failed by a 209-214 vote last Thursday.

Justin Amash photo

Justin Amash Photo by Gage Skidmore (CC)

While some people expected moderate and liberal Republicans to oppose the amendment, conservative Republicans were surprised to see Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) vote “no.”

Amash defended his vote in a Facebook post.

“The [National Defense Authorization Act] says nothing about transgender persons. The Trump administration can keep or change the current policy at its discretion. Sec. Mattis and the White House urged us not to adopt the Hartzler Amendment. And all the administration wants is three months to review everything,” Amash wrote. “Given the facts, circumstances, and eminently reasonable request from the Trump administration, it was not a difficult decision to vote no on this amendment. After Sec. Mattis announces the DoD’s finalized policy, we can discuss the policy with him, evaluate it, and seek changes if necessary.”

His criticism comes down to two things: First, the text of the NDAA does not address transgender persons, so the amendments should not either. And, the Trump administration asked for time to develop its own policy without interference from Congress.

Amash has been one of the most outspoken critics of the Trump administration and recently called Donald Trump Jr.’s connection with Russia “serious & disturbing,” so Republicans find it hard to believe he simply wants to defer to Trump and Mattis’ judgment on transgender issues.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) spoke in support of Hartzler’s amendment on the House floor.

“We are $20 trillion in debt. Taxpayers, by my figures, are projected to pay $3.7 billion over the next 10 years for sex reassignment surgery and hormone therapy for those in the military who
wish to transition from one sex to another. The total cost includes the manpower lost while the individual transitions, which can take up to a year or longer, depending on complications.”

But Amash, who has branded himself a fiscal conservative, said “the NDAA does not fund sex changes,” in a Facebook post.

He also expressed support for the military’s current transgender policy, which is that service members may only receive treatment when it is “medically necessary.” Critics of this view have called transgenderism an “ideology,” rather than a medical issue.

Amash and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY), a like-minded pair, split on the amendment.

“Still in disbelief that Congress passed a defense authorization (NDAA) earlier today that funds sex changes for members of the military, as well as $43 billion for our 17th year of the war in Afghanistan. I voted no,” Massie said on Facebook.

Amash joined Massie in opposition to the final NDAA bill.

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  • NOUNBELIEVER

    transgender…mutilated humans …have no business in the military…their every decision and statement will be under a cloud of real world disbelief….and their medical bills will be far greater than the average mil/person…just to add a note…would you pay for a stranger to be come YOUR PROTECTOR…and then trust your self to that protector as she/him becomes physically and massively different? training thrown away…investigations for security clearances totally wasted..what next…man boy marriage ? man and horse ? woman and goat ? and the military forced to accept this as normal ? where have the real idiots gone ? the unable to learn or find some hold on common sense ? Democrats appointed them as judges to destroy every thing we know !!!

    • Wendy Luckie

      Satanic, demonic FILTH. Can’t dream this up in your wildest dreams!!!! Disgusting!!!!!

      • Christopher Traeger

        God will punish this country and this is one of the big reasons why he will.

        • Wendy Luckie

          He’s done it before.

          • Christopher Traeger

            I meant the type of punishment mentioned in the book of Revelations in the bible. You are correct he has punished this country before.

        • Walter Flatt

          SHARE THIS WITH EVERYONE YOU CAN.

          FROM A REGISTERED DEMOCRAT, A KOREAN WAR VET, AND A CHRISTIAN. I AM AN AMERICAN AND PROUDLY, I VOTED FOR TRUMP. I AM 86 AND HAVE NEVER SEEN A MORE QUALIFIED PERSON TO BE PRESIDENT.

          TRUMP NEEDS TO FIRE EVERYONE CONNECTED TO THE DEMOCRATS AND REALLY INVESTIGATE THE REAL MUSLIM PROBLEM WE ARE FACING.

          PUBLIC LAW 414, PAGE 2, SECTION 212 WAS PASSED IN 1952 AND THIS LAW SHOULD BE ENFORCED. IT BANS ALL PEOPLE THAT ARE TRYING TO DESTROY US, THAT INCLUDE A MUSLIMS.

          5 CAMPS IN NORTH VA. CLOSE TO WASHINGTON, A MINIMUM OF 31 MORE CLOSE TO MILITARY BASES, AND A FEMA CAMP, (SOME STATES MORE), IN EVERY STATE. BUILT WITH TAX PAYER $. TO HOUSE MUSLIMS???

          READ THE QURAN, THEIR BIBLE. IF THE CAMPS IN N. VA. ARE TO TAKE DC. WE WILL HAVE A LOT OF HEADLESS POLITICIANS.

          COULD IT BE THAT OBAMA ALONG WITH HILLIARY AND THE NEWS MEDIA, HAVE SET US UP FOR HIM TO LEAD A MUSLIM INVASION OF OUR COUNTRY? IF NOT,

          WHY TRY AND BUY UP ALL AMMO AND TAKE OUR GUNS.

          WHY, WHILE IN OFFICE, DID HE SET HIS CABINET WITH MOSTLY MUSLIMS.

          WHY WAS HILLIARY’S TOP AIDE A RADICAL MUSLIM,

          WHY IS THE DEMOCRAT PARTY FOR A OPEN BORDER. COULD IT BE TO GET FREE DOPE, GOODGLE, THE NEW CLINTON CHRONICLES 2015 AND LISTEN TO IT ALL.

          WHY ARE ALL MUSLIM CAMPS CLOSE TO OUR MILITARY BASES?

          LAST WHY, DID OBAMA SEND BILLIONS TO HIS MUSLIM FRIENDS.

          THIS COUNTRY HAD BETTER WAKE UP QUICK.

      • NOUNBELIEVER

        apparently you have missed the NAMBL actions of the past 20 years….and have missed the three parent or more plans of some “near futurists “….and the law changes which are proposed to reduce criminal charges for human animal sexual activity….I agree….der some icky dirty fings bin pushin fore by some vurry strange pepples clammin der rites to be classed as good…..

    • Stephen Griffith

      “We The People” do not nor should support such Vile Corropt Filth, & Despicable Trash. “We The People” support Our Brave Real Men & Women that serve God & Country. Not a mess of Mutants!

  • Sylvia Avila

    So right, What on Earth is going on? Our Society has gone MAD! Has everyone lost their minds? I know they lost their morals, self respect, dignity, and common sense? but it seems now have also lost their Humanity!! So tired of all of this Evil! trying to control us!!! Time we fight back! NOW NO MORE from the EVIL LEFT!!!

    • CantBePCAnymore

      Fortunately, not all of us have lost our minds. Just seems to be those in charge of making laws we have to live by that have gone totally bonkers.

      • Sylvia Avila

        Yes, that is the worst part, those making Laws, most gone crazy? Need to vote them out!

        • CantBePCAnymore

          I think it is time to make it illegal for any attorney, practicing or not, to run for political office. Congress is packed full of lawyers and they all think they’re the only ones on the planet with brains. I think they’re making the world too complicated. NO MORE LAWYERS IN POLITICAL POSITIONS! NONE!

          • Sylvia Avila

            Right! I agree, no more lawyers or attorneys. All seem to be out for their selves only? they do not care for the people!

    • SamVBar

      Good idea Sylvia. We need to continue to think about these things that have been forced on us and make a difference at the ballot box next time.

  • Wendy Luckie

    No explanation Amash dummy. Explain it to GOD.

  • mensatim

    One of the few things that I completely agree with Rush Limbaugh on is that the military’s reason for existence is to kill people and break things. The idea that being trans. is somehow not an impediment to your ability to do what that reason for existence entails is silly. If you want to change your sexual organs and outward sexual appearance, my taxes shouldn’t go to help you do that.

    • Maxine Albritton

      this is going on in prisons too. At least when obama the greatest president ever existed. (just joking because some left believe that) I heard of a murderer in Calif. no surprise there. who went in male had a nearly grown or grown daughter and is now female. since he probably could not pay his lawyer I would guess it is paid by taxpayers. read the above about the spy that obama pardoned. male came out of prison female. I would guess we paid for that too. He was a sargeant I think.

      • CantBePCAnymore

        His correct name is barry sotero. I don’t know why we keep letting him use the name of his birth father instead of his adoptive father.

        • Maxine Albritton

          most people know him by the name he uses obama. He does look more like a barry sotero though. sorry excuse of a humanl He was sick so fixed on transgendering people and making them misfits.

      • SamVBar

        You know we paid for all those things. There is nothing the government does that does not affect the taxpayer. Their money comes from taxes, from workers, businesses, and other taxes like highway taxes on trucks and gasoline tax and of course let’s not forget excise and use taxes.

    • Christopher Traeger

      Even though i am not a conservative i find this disgusting and dangerous. No money should be allowed for this kind of thing as far as i am concerned.

      • mtman2

        Then maybe you should decide to become a. Conservative/libertarian~!

        • Christopher Traeger

          A conservative libertarian i am far from that and really don’t know much about. I don’t believe in abortion either and never have. I just don’t agree with the 2 major political party system anymore. Why not have a libertarian one as a major party?

          • mtman2

            The Founders+Framers were Conservative/libertarians.
            = Capitol “C” small “l”.
            America at its core has always been a Right of center nation.
            However the Far-Left statist’s push their warped agenda’s as this article exemplifies.
            Evil and stupidity will prevail when good folks do nothing about it…

  • Estoban

    These idiots have betrayed our military.

  • SGT Scientist

    I retired from the military just in time.

  • Yarbles

    Amash. More RINO turdwash that needs flushing.

  • wandamurline

    Once they pass something, it never, ever gets repealed…..just look at Obamacare….the so-called Republicans passed a bill every year for four damn years to repeal Obamacare and sent it to Obozo because they knew he would veto it….all a show for the American voters….now that they have a president that WILL sign a repeal, they can’t seem to get anything done. The SWAMP NEEDS A REAL ROTO ROOTING TO DRAIN IT.

    • Warren Blum

      I hate demorats

      • IrreverentOne

        Hate is a wasted emotion and solves nothing. If you disagree with the policies of someone or disagree with the beliefs of someone why not engage them in debate and convince them they are in error?

        • Warren Blum

          We have been debating for years. Doesn’t work. Just look at Schumer and the dirty demorats. A baseball bat appears appropriate right on their pea brain heads.

    • SamVBar

      Our problem is that we have as many bad apples in the Repub ranks as in the Demo ranks. They want to control and they are doing a great job. How many security agencies does it take to protect the US. We have so many that they overlap each other and none seem to know what their jobs are supposed to be.

    • mensatim

      I understand your frustrations about Obamacare, I got my backside handed to me when it went into effect. My premium went up 50% and I went from having a zero deductible, to a $2,000.00 deducible. In 3 years, everything I’ve had to pay has only gone towards my deductible, nothing has actually been paid for by my insurance. Having said that, I would NOT try to repeal or replace Obamacare. I would let it implode, as it is already doing. Every week a new company is announcing double digit premium increases, or pulling out of Obamacare markets. After it implodes, wrap it around the Democrat’s necks and force them to be part of a solution. If the Republicans replace it without any Democratic input, THEY will own it and lose the House and/or Senate next year. If that happens, NOTHING will get done before 2021, after the next Presidential election. The best solution would actually be to simply repeal it and NOT replace it at all, except for allowing insurance to be sold across state lines and getting rid of ALL federal mandates. That won’t happen because almost nobody on either side has the cojones to do it.

  • Dentgolf

    The more you explain,the worse it sounds.Baloney to you and the other 23, one of which is in my district and has heard from me on his decision.

  • Carol Hyndman

    The military is present to support and defend the United States, not to receive free transgender surgery. Probably, once they have the surgery, they will wish to leave the military based on the fact that they are not the “same person” they were when they joined. Not with my tax dollars!

    • SamVBar

      Hold that thought Carol. When it comes time to vote for your Congressperson or Senator find if they voted for this crap and if they did you know what to do at the ballot box. And you have a full and ample opportunity to tell all your friends and neighbors. We need to get these money grubbers out of DC and back to the farm.

      • mtman2

        EXCELLENT POINT HERE FOLKS~!!!

  • Kevin Soravilla

    Evil filth

  • Gregg Parker

    he was hedging his bets against these crazy feelings he’s been having…

  • mike

    We have enough mentally ill in the military. I thought “conservatives” believed in God. Just like Sharia trumps Constitution, lgbt “rights” trump the Bible – to which our founding fathers constantly referred to.

    • SamVBar

      We will lose it all unless we demand and not ask but demand that the people be heard. We can change but people must be willing to put in a few hours helping to get the word out to everyone. Fake News is no good the information must be factual.

  • dan

    I am a fifth generation retired U.S. Marine. I was preceded by an uncle that survived the first wave on Tarawa. One of my sons followed me into the Corp. I have 8 grandchildren. Five boys and three girls. I can not and will not recommend military service to any of them!

    • Warren Blum

      Thank u and u r family for their service. This country is done.

      • Robert Early

        No Warren. This country isn’t done; as long as you and I exist. We will vote the scum out of office. If for any reason that remedy should fail, I’ve so far collect over 10,000 rounds of 30 caliber ammuniton. One way or another, this country will be saved.

        • Warren Blum

          I too have quite a collection. I meant done as we knew it. We have an entire generation of idiots under 40. Not all, but more than in past generations. Obama carried out his manchurian candidate duties well. I will die in the streets taking out as many as I can.

    • SamVBar

      Dan, I understand your frustration. I spent 14 plus years in service and I tried to talk my grandson out of joining the Army. As was his fortune he only got to spend two months because of a eye problem they found. But he is seeing a private ophthalmologist trying to get the correction so he can go back in. But I understand his desire to go because that is the same way I was at his age.

  • mike

    What happened to your opposition to government overspending, Amash? Another rino? Trump basher? Where were you when the Christian business people had their rights violated? You must’ve sided with the (not)gays. Give ’em a few years in D.C. and their TRUE character eventually comes out.

    • SamVBar

      The proof is in the pudding.

  • mike

    I thought we were supposed to have the BEST and the Brightest in our military? Now we allow the psychos and maimed in to defend us.

  • Warren Blum

    Trannies are freaks. What’s worse are the parents who allow their little monsters to transition. These operations should not be allowed till they are 18 and keep these freaks out of the military. And tax dollars should never be used when we have real veterans that need help.

  • Maxine Albritton

    I heard that prisoners under the obama administration somehow got changed too. I am sure with taxpayer monies. that needs to stop also. the guy that was the spy was put in prison as a man but came out when obama pardoned him as a blonde headed woman. I don’t know if he made the full transition, I hope the jerk did then he is less than a castrated male. this bill needs to be gotten rid of as they are correct, taxpayers should not be paying for this foolishness.

  • richard black

    this is a mental illness that has been in society for years. just stop…just stop it !!!

  • freewayfrank54

    think paying for transgender operations without consent of the
    taxpayers…. falls into paying for abortions, that OBAMA wanted and
    did…better not, and should not happen….for those that want it should
    pay a higher price for the cost of the surgery, and for there stay in
    the Hospital…Unconstitutional….this is Elective Surgery, not a
    sickness !!!!

  • Chuck

    Lousy excuse from a committed moron. Let us hope a real Republican will beat him in the next primary.

  • chock

    Another RINO or demo crap.

  • Robert Early

    That’s a group of Reps that won’t be having another term in office. Bye bye,
    idiots !

  • Dutch

    How many people will choose to enlist just so they can get this expensive surgery paid by the taxpayer?

  • Original Anna

    I am getting beyond fed up with this damn gotta baby homosexuals and lesbians and transgenders any where. They are not special people, they are mentally deranged and some by choice become what they want to be for attention and to get special favors. Those of us getting tired of paying taxes and getting nothing in return for our taxes and hard work are fed up with our gov’t throwing away our money on “special” people who are nothing but mental cases and their insurance policies should be paying for their mental problems. I shouldn’t have to pay for their mental problems. I have enough problems trying to keep my house and buy groceries going higher every time I go to the store. These people can buy their own insurance policies and get their surgeries or mental help.

    • nocbsfan

      No, they are not special people,and is the government coddling them just for votes. Thanks Anna for a very good post

      • Original Anna

        Oh so glad someone agrees with me. I wonder sometimes just who these republicans are for, not me and you, that’s for sure. Nice to meet you nocbsfan.

        • nocbsfan

          Always like to meet someone original, Hi Anna. One thing about it , the more immoral they get the more they are supported. the world has gone crazy.

  • Ken

    Common sense is not very common anymore. 20 trillion in debt and we are funding elective surgery that incapacitates our soldiers? Can you say, crazy?

  • old_salty_dawg99

    Amash and anyone else who thinks allowing people with a disconnect with reality into the military is a good idea no matter who asked for time is just TOO STUPUD for anything living included. No I am not saying kill them just take away the people who tell them when to breath in and out. I say that because they are to IGNORANT to know how to breath on their own. Just look at all the other wackos out there and the damage they caused and they do not have ready access to guns ammo and explosive devices of all types. Just think about the damage one of these people could do if they got a tank of a bomber loaded for Aar and lost the rest of their minds( not much to loose as it is but some)or what if they get their change and they are still unhappy and decide it is the doctor’s fault It didn’t come out as they wanted it to, or a man rejects them. Are we really going to let these mentally ILL people get guns and other killing devices and be ok with what could happen??? Liberals are STUPID and Conservatives are supposed to counter their IGNORANCE and UTTER STUPIDITY with INTELLIGENCE and COMMON SENSE. But this shows that COMMON SENSE has like MORALS, HONOR and INTEGRITY have died. America will be the next thing to DIE if IGNORANCE like calling a mentally ill person confused and in the wrong body keeps being allowed to go on.

  • Shelba Herring

    As sad I am to say, it seems like a convention of states will be our only solution to curtail government idiocy, some states have already joined together and are trying to get a majority together in order to get term limits voted in, change the automatic birthright where babies born to illegals are automatically US citizens and other laws voted in by idiot congressmen such as this transgender military medical law, if congress passes this law it can be revoked, something to think about especially if the current congressional assembly doesn’t do their job and get this country back on track

    • Gregg Parker

      It’s called a Constitutional Convention. The worst thing this country could ever do to itself. Once the convention is called their power and ability to change at will is unchecked by any other power on earth. They can scrap the entire document and no one can stop what they decide to do once called. It would be the end of what we try to preserve. Look into the details my friend. This is not the answer and don’t let anyone sell you the snake oil understanding that it would be different. It won’t. Amend, protest, write letters, run for office or just vote until the process finally works. AND Pray!

  • Jimmy the Greek

    Unbelievable !

  • therealworld

    The Military is about protecting the country and it’s population. Why are we even discussing anything outside that mission. Being confused about your natural gender is a mental health issue and should treated as such.

  • omen11

    This is only one of the many votes by Republicans that prove Obama and his band of miscreants are still running this Nation. There really is no Republican Party. We have wasted our votes. the only Republican is Trump and he’s fighting alone. Remember the next election how the Republican party has turned on their own President and the voters.

  • Frederick Douglass

    It was a bad decision no matter how he tries to justify it.

  • Stephen Griffith

    “We The People” demand the Defunding of The Vile, Corrupt Use of “We The People” Tax Dollars for such Trash. It is Evil, & should be even concidered for even one moment. It is against God & nature to mess with His Creation, to mutate His Creation is a Sin! God save from this gross foolish!!!!!!

  • Christopher Traeger

    I guess accepting yourself has lost so much meaning with many Americans.

  • Christopher Traeger

    People don’t have the kind of money that they used to. If taxpayer money wasn’t used at all there wouldn’t be as many gender changes. I would rather seen none or have it drop down to 0.

  • Crazy Barry

    Not long ago, it was universally accepted by EVERY psychologist on the plant, that being homosexual or trans-gender was a mental illness. Now it’s accepted as normal? What a great example of turning reality on it’s head, and lowering the bar for deviancy in society.

  • Walter Flatt

    THIS MAN SHOULD BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. ALL RNC FUNDS SHOULD BE WITHELD WHEN HE IS UP FOR REELECTION.

  • mtman2

    These are very very troubled people-!!!
    WE need a military to be up for trouble= not be a source of it…