DNC on Senate Republicans Blocking Gillibrand/Collins Amendment to the NDAA

In response to Senate GOP leadership’s decision to block a vote on a bipartisan amendment to delay Trump’s transgender military ban, DNC spokesperson Joel Kasnetz released this statement:

“Last night, Republicans picked bigotry over security, and cowardice over taking a stand. By squashing even this incremental attempt to defend transgender members of the military against Trump’s offensive executive order, Mitch McConnell and Senate Republican leadership are destroying lives and disrespecting the people who keep them safe.

“We know Trump’s order, if implemented, could result in capable service members being discharged because of their gender identity. That is unacceptable. Democrats believe all capable Americans should be able to serve our country openly and we demand respect for all members of our armed forces.”