Statement ● Defense and National Security
For Immediate Release: 
July 13, 2017
Contact Info: 

Mariel Saez 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks on the House Floor today against the anti-LGBT amendment offered by Rep. Hartzler to the National Defense Authorization Act, which denies transgender service members essential medical care. Below is a video and a transcript of his remarks:

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“This amendment is not about defense. This amendment is about politics. And I congratulate the Chairman for encouraging this amendment not be added to the bill in Committee.

“We ought to defeat this amendment. It has one purpose and one purpose only: to politically denigrate some of our fellow citizens, to treat them less equally than we would want to be treated.

“Let us not do that. Let us not sink to that level. We're better than that. We're Representatives of all of the people.

“Reject this amendment. Get on with the defense of this country and its values. I yield back the balance of my time.”