ELDER PATRIOT – Too many Republican lawmakers have no intention of making America great again. They’ve made that abundantly clear by obstructing President Trump’s common sense agenda at every opportunity.
Now they’ve voted to direct the increase in military spending that Donald Trump wants to improve military preparedness and defense capabilities towards transgender surgery and hormone treatments.
As reported by The Washington Post:
“The Republican-led House narrowly rejected a measure on Thursday that sought to strike an Obama-era practice of requiring the Pentagon to pay for gender transition surgeries and hormone therapy.
“Democrats described the proposal as bigoted, unconstitutional and cowardly and they won support from 24 GOP lawmakers to scuttle the amendment to the annual defense policy bill, 214-209.
“The amendment crafted by Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., would have forbid money from being spent by the military’s health care system for medical treatment related to gender transition. Hartzler portrayed her proposal as a good government plan aimed at assuring military dollars are spent only on critical national defense needs.”
This defies common sense. Military spending should be used only to improve the military’s fighting effectiveness. Psychological problems aside, turning a man into a woman and administering female hormones to the individual weakens that person. And, allowing that individual to then qualify for service by applying the lesser physical requirements for women is disingenuous and just plain stupid.
So while men preparing for combat spend hundreds of hours in the weight-room to strengthen themselves for combat, Congress has decided that spending upwards of $20,000 for each surgery, accepting the “downtime” required for the surgical procedure and recovery time and post surgical psychiatric counseling of gender dysphoric individuals somehow makes sense.
While the vote was pretty much along party lines, 24 Republicans broke ranks and joined Dems in refusing to strike this damaging amendment from the defense-spending bill they were considering.
Essentially, these Republicans want to use your money to diminish the strength of our fighting force, not to strengthen it.
The only conclusion that can be drawn from this is that those who voted against the amendment to stop this incredible misuse of taxpayer money care more about the feelings of the LGBTQ community than they care about the men and women who do the heavy lifting in combat.
In fact, they care so much about bowing to these psychologically tormented individuals that they’re prepared for what they know is coming – unnecessarily dead American patriots.
The reality is these Never-Trump Republicans are hoping President Trump vetoes the entire spending bill and sends it back for amendment giving them the opportunity to drive a wedge between President Trump and the growing LGBTQ community that is so important to the Dems coalition of aliens and societal misfits. They would also love to be able to say President Trump vetoed the large defense-spending authorization.
Here is a list of the Republicans who voted against the amendment to strike this damaging use of taxpayer money:
Justin Amash – Michigan 3 John Katko – New York 24
Jack Bergman – Michigan 1 Steve Knight – California 25
Michael Coffman – Colorado 6 Leonard Lance – New Jersey 7
Barbara Comstock – Virginia 10 Frank LoBiondo – New Jersey 2
Paul Cook – California 8 Tom MacArthur – New Jersey 3
Ryan Costello – Pennsylvania 6 Brian Mast – Florida 18
Carlos Curbelo – Florida 26 Tom Reed – New York 23
Jeff Denham – California 10 Dave Reichert – Washington 8
Charlie Dent – Pennsylvania 15 Ileana Ros-Lehtinen – Florida 27
John Faso – New York 19 Bill Shuster – Pennsylvania 9
Mike Fitzpatrick – Pennsylvania 8 Elise Stefanik – New York 21
Darrell Issa – California 49 Claudia Tenney – New York 22
If you expect the money you send to Washington to be used for the purposes you were told it was to be used for and not for things that actually undermine that purpose hold these 24 Republicans to account in 2018.
Here is how the entire Congress voted.