House votes to block transgender military ban

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The United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo via Pixabay)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House of Representatives voted to block the Trump administration’s transgender military ban on Tuesday night.

The Associated Press reported that the House voted for an amendment blocking the ban with at a 243-183 vote. The news service said the move still faces a battle and veto threat against the spending bill it’s a part of. The bill includes military spending.

From the Associated Press:

“With so much anger and so much hate in the world today, it is time to be kind to people,” said Rep. Peter Visclosky, D-Ind.

A GOP opponent, Rep. Ken Calvert of California, said the move “risks undermining the readiness of our military at a time when we can least afford it.”

But Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., said such arguments were used to justify segregation of the military.

“My service in an integrated armed forces did not harm readiness,” said Brown, who is African American.

The administration started working on the ban in 2017. The ban has been fought in the courts and opposed by states, military officers and federal employees. It went into effect on April 12. The House had previously passed a resolution opposing the ban in March.