(WB) Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has proposed a pair of amendments to major defense spending legislation that would undo the Trump administration’s ban on transgender service members and LGBT Pride flags at U.S. military installations.

As noted Thursday on the House Rules Committee website, Speier along with other Democrats proposed the measures to the fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill. The House Rules Committee is set to meet Monday to consider which amendments to include.

One amendment seeks to prohibit the use of funds to implement a ban on military service of transgender Americans, the other prevents the Defense Department from spending funds to implement its ban on display of the LGBT Pride flags.

Speier proposes her amendment on the nearly three-year anniversary of President Trump announcing on Twitter he’d ban transgender people from serving in the military in any capacity. White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dodged questions earlier this month on the policy, but insisted Trump has a pro-LGBT record.

The measure to undo the ban on LGBT Pride flags comes after Defense Secretary Mark Esper issued guidance last week indicated only designated flags, including U.S. flags and state flags, to be flown at military installations. The intent of the memo seemed aimed at banning Confederate flags, but the Pentagon confirmed to the Washington Blade it would also ban Pride flags.

Speier has sought before to undo the transgender military ban through an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill, although the measure ended up being stripped from the final package in the conference committee.


Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association.


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