Pair of senators submit amendment to delay Trump transgender ban
© Greg Nash

A pair of senators wants to use a mammoth defense policy bill to delay President Trump's controversial decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military.

Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandAmerican women will decide who wins and loses in 2018 elections Dems ponder gender politics of 2020 nominee Calls mount from Dems to give platform to Trump accusers  MORE (D-N.Y.) and Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsOvernight Tech: Judge blocks AT&T request for DOJ communications | Facebook VP apologizes for tweets about Mueller probe | Tech wants Treasury to fight EU tax proposal Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand FCC to officially rescind net neutrality rules on Thursday MORE (R-Maine) have filed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would delay any action until 60 days after Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' | White House says Trump has confidence in VA chief | Russia concedes 'dozens' of civilians injured in Syria clash Pentagon: First Gitmo transfer under Trump could happen 'soon' Russia concedes 'dozens' of citizens injured in clash with US forces in Syria MORE finalizes his review on the decision and submits a report to Congress.

The amendment, if it ends up in the final version of the bill, could delay Trump's ban until the spring of 2018. 

Mattis is already delaying the new enlistment rules for six months as he reviews the Pentagon's transgender policy. 

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He has until Feb. 21 to turn over a plan to the White House on how to implement Trump's directive, including how to address transgender individuals that are currently serving in the military. 

There's no guarantee that the Gillibrand-Collins proposal will get a vote. More than 300 amendments have been submitted to the Senate NDAA. The annual bill's status as must-pass legislation makes it a lightning rod for lawmakers hoping to change an administration's defense and foreign policy.

But Trump's decision sparked a backlash from both Democrats and Republicans.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology Democrats put Dreamers and their party in danger by playing hardball Trump set a good defense budget, but here is how to make it better MORE (R-Ariz.) said earlier this year that forcing transgender individuals out of the military was "a step in the wrong direction."

"The Pentagon’s ongoing study on this issue should be completed before any decisions are made with regard to accession. The Senate Armed Services Committee will continue to conduct oversight on this important issue," he said in a statement.

The Senate is scheduled to take its first vote tied to the NDAA on Monday evening, when lawmakers will move toward starting debate.