Congressman Don Bacon says he worries a provision in federal law requiring the government to pay for gender transition surgeries could harm military readiness.
On Thursday, the U.S. House rejected on a close vote a measure that would have ended the practice of requiring the government, or the taxpayers, to pay for gender transition surgeries for military members.
Congressman Bacon says his biggest concern is the consequences to readiness. He says the mission of the military is to keep the peace and when necessary to fight and win wars.
“There are concerns and we need to have the Department of Defense report back because there are consequences to readiness,” according to Bacon, the former commanding officer of Offutt Air Force Base. “If someone cannot deploy for nine months or ten months or two years, I’ve seen various projections out there, because they are doing a conversion therapy or so forth so that does affect readiness.”
Bacon says we need to be respectful of everyone, but the question remains do we want taxpayer dollars going in that direction. He would like to see the Department of Defense issue a report on the cost to readiness and there should be an open discussion on it.