Joe Kennedy introduces resolution rejecting Trump’s transgender military ban

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyThis week: Congress set for next stage of Mueller probe fight Booker takes early lead in 2020 endorsements Overnight Defense: Top Marine warns border deployment could hurt readiness | McSally aims for sexual assault reforms in defense bill | House to vote on measure opposing transgender ban | New warning over F-35 sale to Turkey MORE (D-Mass.) introduced a House resolution Monday challenging President TrumpDonald John TrumpElizabeth Warren after TMZ catches her sprinting to catch train: 'Try and keep up' GOP governor criticizes Trump's 'dangerous rhetoric' about the media Trump Jr.: Obama, Bush 'couldn't have done' what my father's done for the American people MORE's ban on transgender people serving in the military.

“No one willing to serve in our armed services and sacrifice for this country should be subjected to intolerance and bigotry from their commander-in-chief,” Kennedy, the chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, said.

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“But beyond the message sent to our servicemembers, the President’s tweets sent a hateful, harmful message to every single transgender man, woman and child in this nation. Today, my colleagues and I are not only rejecting this misguided policy, but telling every transgender American that they are seen, they are heard, and they will not be erased or discounted by their government.”

Some 111 cosponsors have signed on to the resolution, according to Kennedy's office.

The Supreme Court ruled in January that the Trump administration could temporarily enforce its restrictions on transgender people serving in the military.

The 5-4 decision left one injunction by a federal district court in Maryland against the rule in place. Pentagon officials have said they cannot fully implement the new policy until that injunction is resolved.

Transgender troops have been serving openly since June 2016, when the Obama administration lifted the previous ban on their service.

Trump tweeted in 2017 that he would “not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military," an order that was immediately challenged.

In March, then-Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman Mattis16 times Trump said ISIS was defeated, or soon would be Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief under investigation over Boeing ties | Trump uses visual aids to tout progress against ISIS | Pentagon, Amnesty International spar over civilian drone deaths Pentagon watchdog probing whether acting chief boosted Boeing MORE released an update to the policy that would allow transgender people to do so in their biological sex.

Earlier this month, Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandJam-packed primary poses a serious threat to Democrats in 2020 Klobuchar pressing Barr on release of Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Mueller report is huge win for President Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), who is running for president in 2020, introduced legislation to allow transgender people to serve in the military. 

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse to vote on measure opposing transgender military ban Overnight Defense: Senate breaks with Trump on Yemen war | Shanahan hit with ethics complaint over Boeing ties | Pentagon rolls out order to implement transgender ban | Dem chair throws cold water on Space Force budget Hillicon Valley: US threatens to hold intel from Germany over Huawei | GOP senator targets FTC over privacy | Bipartisan bill would beef up 'internet of things' security | Privacy groups seize on suspended NSA program | Tesla makes U-turn MORE (D-Calif.) introduced a companion bill in the House which was cosponsored by Kennedy.