WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14), Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Military Personnel, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to implement his unconstitutional transgender military ban.

“I am profoundly disturbed and outraged that President Trump is moving forward with a national security policy based solely on hate,” said Rep. Speier. “Since the beginning, the President has justified his ban with unsubstantiated claims of a military readiness crisis that defy the determinations of defense experts. Thousands of transgender troops currently serve in our military with honor and bravery. Instead of protecting them, our Commander-in-chief is serving them up on a platter to his rabid, anti-LGBT base,” Rep. Speier said. “Congress must ensure that no American who meets the qualifications for military service is denied the opportunity to serve simply because of who they are. My bill, H.R. 4041, will help ensure we protect all currently serving transgender troops from baseless separation from the Armed Forces, much as they have protected our national security and freedoms at home and abroad.”