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Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler Statement on NDAA Amendment to End Military Funding of Transgender Surgeries

July 13, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler released the following statement regarding her amendment to the 2018 NDAA which ends the Obama policy directing the military to pay for transgender surgeries:

“The job of Congress is to ensure that our military is the most effective, efficient and well-funded fighting force in the world. With the challenges we are facing across the globe, we are asking the American people to invest their hard-earned money in national defense. Each dollar needs to be spent to address threats facing us. 

“My amendment ends the 2016 Obama Administration practice of the military paying for very expensive gender change surgeries that even most private insurance plans don’t cover. This amendment does not prevent anyone from joining the military or receiving standard medical care. It simply makes sure our defense resources are allocated in a way that is smart and good for our national defense. This current policy of providing and paying for transgender surgeries hurts readiness and is projected to cost over a billion dollars over the next ten years.”