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If the House Doesn't Act, You Could Be Funding This 'Irresponsible Use of Taxpayer Dollars'

F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Plane
Unless the House acts quickly, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins writes, the money misused to pay for military "gender reassignment" surgeries could otherwise go toward the purchase of 22 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter planes. (Reuters photo)

A couple of weeks ago, the House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2018 without incorporating a policy that ensures that limited military resources are not be used for sex-reassignment surgery and other gender transition efforts for service members. This week, the House will vote on the Make America Secure Appropriations Act, which will provide a large increase in funding for the Department of Defense.

Taxpayer dollars need to be protected from funding sex-change surgery and hormone therapy efforts intended to change a person's gender, which are non-essential. Estimates for these efforts, including the amount of time lost for the transition process, are about $3.7 billion over the next 10 years. This is an irresponsible use of taxpayer funds.

With the costs estimated for sex-reassignment surgery and hormones, the military could purchase 22 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Planes, which cost $166.7 million each, or 116 Chinook helicopters, which cost $31.8 million each, or 3,700 Tomahawk missiles, which are $1 million each or a new Destroyer for the Navy, which would be about $3.5 billion. 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. Active-duty service members, whose gender transition efforts will undermine their deployability and military service, should be prohibited from having taxpayer-funded hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery.

Increasing funding for the Department of Defense while taxpayers are on the hook for sex-reassignment surgery and hormone therapy intended to change a person's gender is a distraction from the military's purpose and undermines readiness, recruitment and retention. Tell your representative to vote against funding the Department of Defense so long as the Obama-era military transgender policy is in place by calling your representative at (202) 224-3121, or email your representative.

If the Make America Secure Appropriations Act is rejected the current military funding level would be maintained through a Continuing Resolution.


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