Senators Unveil New Proposal to Block Trump’s Transgender Troops Ban

UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — A bipartisan pair of senators has introduced an amendment to try to reverse President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender troops.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act on Sept. 11, which would prevent the military from kicking out transgender service members solely based on their gender identity.

The amendment also requires Defense Secretary James Mattis to complete a review of the Pentagon’s transgender policy by the end of the year.

The Gillibrand-Collins amendment comes a month after Trump formally ordered a reversal of a 2016 order allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military.

While the amendment has garnered some buzz, there’s no guarantee that it will get a vote.

More than 300 potential amendments have been filed to the Senate’s version of the massive defense policy bill that’s on the Senate floor this week.