House rebuke of military transgender ban nears vote

House rebuke of military transgender ban nears vote

by Claudia Grisales
Stars and Stripes

WASHINGTON — The House is poised to vote on a resolution this week that rebukes a controversial Trump administration ban of transgender personnel in the military ahead of the plan’s potential implementation next month.

The House on Wednesday approved debate of the resolution on the House floor and could see passage of the measure by Thursday in the Democrat-controlled chamber.

Rep. Norma Torres, D-Calif., a mother of an Air Force veteran, said the transgender ban “hits close to home.”

“Our nation has broken a promise to their children. This doesn’t make us safer,” Torres said from the House floor of the transgender ban. “We should welcome every qualified person who is willing to stand up to the plate and enlist in our armed forces.”

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