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House Blocked Restriction on Transgenders Serving in the Military

The House quietly voted Thursday to block the Trump administration’s restriction on transgender individuals serving in the military, as part of a $695 billion defense spending bill.

Lawmakers adopted by voice vote an amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) that would block funding for the Pentagon’s latest transgender troop policy, which went into effect in April 2019.

The measure was included in a package of three dozen Democratic amendments to the six-bill, $1.3 trillion spending measure the House is expected to pass on Friday. The measure includes the annual defense funding bill.

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