Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler

Representing the 4th District of Missouri
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Hartzler Statement on Pentagon Decision to Delay Obama Transgender Policy

July 3, 2017
Press Release
Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) made the following statement regarding the decision by Secretary Mattis to delay the Obama transgender policy in the United States military. The accession policy was slated to take effect July 1, 2017:  
 
“The Obama transgender policy, which was implemented without input from Members of Congress, is ill-conceived and contrary to our goals of increasing troop readiness and investing defense dollars into addressing budget shortfalls of the past,” said Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “This delay is indicative of a policy that was rushed and never clearly thought out, and I am pleased that Secretary Mattis has decided to delay the accession policy. It is my hope that he will move forward with full repeal in the coming months,” added Hartzler, who this week offered an amendment during the committee markup of the Defense Authorization bill repealing the Obama Administration policy which allows transgender individuals to serve and be recruited in the military. Following debate Hartzler withdrew the amendment to give the DoD an opportunity to address this problem internally, reserving the right to proceed with this effort on the House floor in July.
“This policy is costly and a threat to our readiness and needs to be repealed. Military service is a privilege — not a right — predicated on the singular goal of fighting and winning our nation’s wars. All decisions on personnel and funding should be made with this in mind. High entry and retention standards are required because failure in the job costs lives. The Obama transgender policy is costly in dollars and short on common sense,” added Hartzler.
 
“I urge Secretary Mattis to move forward with full repeal.”  
 
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