Sen. John McCain has teamed with Democrats to jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon once more.
The Arizona senator has co-sponsored a bill introduced by New York Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that effectively blocks President Donald Trump’s order to ban transgender military service.
The stand-alone bill, which is also co-sponsored by Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., the top Armed Services Democrat, has the same language as an amendment proposed by Gillibrand and Collins this week for the National Defense Authorization Act that would prohibit the military from barring service based on gender. That amendment never received a floor vote due to a dispute between Republicans and Democrats over debate of the NDAA.
Last month, Trump ordered the military to phase out gender reassignment surgeries by March, abandon plans to begin recruiting transgender troops, and decide how to handle those already serving.
The White House said the intent of Trump’s presidential memorandum is to roll back the Obama administration decision to allow open transgender service beginning last summer.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said he is setting up a panel of experts to decide how to execute the president’s order.
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