This Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act. There are billions of dollars in that act for the Defense Department. But it comes at the same time the military has been told it needs to do sex change surgeries and provide hormone therapies for transgenders.
The Family Research Council (FRC) estimates those surgeries and hormones could cost up to $3.7 BILLION in the next 10 years. Some lawmakers tried this month to kill any funding for such surgeries and treatments in the military, but 23 Republicans joined House Democrats to defeat the move.
Former Army special forces commander Jerry Boykin, FRC's executive vice president, told CBN News he has a message for those 23 GOP lawmakers.
"This is about the readiness of our military," Boykin said. "And if we're going to take money in this year's Defense budget and it will be set aside to perform surgery for transgender people who we recruited into the military, you got your priorities wrong. So I say to these Republicans: find some courage. Think through this. Look at what the realities are here: that we will be squandering money. And do the right thing here."
That money for sex-reassignment surgery and hormones could pay for 22 F-35 fighter jets, or 116 Chinook combat helicopters, or 3,700 Tomahawk missiles, or even an entire Navy destroyer.
"Spending billions of dollars on sex-reassignment surgeries and hormones when the military has other priorities that would actually ensure its effectiveness in war and America's safety is irresponsible," stated FRC President Tony Perkins.
He warned such surgery and transgender therapy "is a distraction from the military's purpose and undermines readiness, recruitment and retention."
"America's military has been at war for 16 years. Now the military is broken. We've left equipment behind because it's been worn out after 16 years," Boykin explained. "We've got a lot of needs. We've suffered through sequestration. We've suffered through program budget cuts. Now you're telling me that we are going to squander more money for something like (sex change) surgery?"
Because of these tax dollars going for sex change surgeries in the military, FRC is asking lawmakers to oppose the Make America Secure Appropriations Act when it comes up for a vote on Tuesday.
Listed below are the 23 Republican House members who voted last week against banning defense dollars to fund sex change surgeries and transgender hormone therapies:
Justin Amash – MI-3 amash.house.gov
Jack Bergman MI-1 bergman.house.gov
Mike Coffman CO-6 coffman.house.gov
Barbara Comstock VA-10 comstock.house.gov
Paul Cook CA-8 cook.house.gov
Ryan Costello PA-6 costello.house.gov
Carlos Curbelo FL-26 curbelo.house.gov
Jeff Denham CA-10 denham.house.gov
Charlie Dent PA-15 dent.house.gov
John Faso NY-19 faso.house.gov
Brian Fitzpatrick PA-8 fitzpatrick.house.gov
Darrell Issa CA-49 issa.house.gov
John Katko NY-24 katko.house.gov
Steve Knight CA-25 knight.house.gov
Leonard Lance NJ-7 lance.house.gov
Frank LoBiondo NJ-2 lobiondo.house.gov
Tom MacArthur NJ-3 macarthur.house.gov
Tom Reed NY-23 reed.house.gov
Dave Reichert WA-8 reichert.house.gov
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen FL-27 ros-lehtinen.house.gov
Bill Shuster PA-9 shuster.house.gov
Elise Stefanik NY-21 stefanik.house.gov
Claudia Tenney NY-22 tenney.house.gov