Pelosi Outsmarts Trump & GOP Again To Win Thursday Vote 238-185


Donald Trump still thinks U.S. policy can be settled in a tweet, but House Democrats are working to correct his lack of knowledge on how the government actually works. That was evident on Thursday when the House of Representatives voted against Trump’s policy, announced with no warning and no legislative process, on banning transgender citizens from joining the military.

The measure to condemn Trump’s bigotry was decided in a 238-185 vote, with five Republicans supporting the measure and one voting present. The resolution is not binding and will not stop Trump’s ban from being put in place on April 12, 2019.

POLITICO reports that:

‘Voting 238-185, the House approved a nonbinding resolution opposing transgender troop limits just weeks before the Pentagon’s new policy is set to take effect.’

The debate is based on inaccurate and ridiculous assumptions by the right, which have been debunked numerous times. Republicans insist that transgender Americans are only joining the military for free gender reassignment surgery despite the fact that evidence shows that less than one percent of all healthcare spending for military members is spent on care for trans members, which includes the entire cost of their healthcare and not just the cost of reassignment surgery.

House Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said:

‘What this policy is primarily based on is ignorance and bias against the transgender community…There was no problem. This was not an issue … until the president decided in his words he wanted to ban transgender people from serving in the military. He sent out a tweet … and the military has had to backfill that tweet with a policy.’

The Pentagon announced earlier in March that they are fully prepared to institute the ban despite the lack of legislative action taken. This resolution will not stop the ban from taking place, so the fight is far from over.

‘The resolution, sponsored by Rep. Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.), affirms the House’s opposition to Trump’s move to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military and “rejects the flawed scientific and medical claims upon which it is based.”

‘It also urges the Pentagon not to reinstate a ban on transgender troops and “maintain an inclusive policy allowing qualified transgender Americans to enlist and serve” in the military.’

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