Congressman Joe Kennedy

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KENNEDY STATEMENT ON FAILURE OF ANTI-TRANSGENDER AMENDMENT

Jul 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Joe Kennedy III, Chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force, today released the following statement after the bipartisan rejection of an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would deny medically necessary health care to transgender service members.
 
“Our soldiers do not discriminate. They do not offer to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect some lives and not others. Their country owes them that unwavering protection in return. With the bipartisan rejection of this hateful amendment, Congress reaffirmed a promise that should have never been in question: that we will defend the rights of all of those who defend us. The fact that this proposal got as far as the House Floor is a searing reminder that we must stay vigilant.”
 
Kennedy serves as chairman of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. He was a vocal supporter of Massachusetts' transgender non-discrimination bill, appearing in-person at the State House to testify in support of its passage. Today he re-introduced the Do No Harm Act with Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA), which would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to preserve civil rights. He has been a proud co-sponsor of major equality legislation, from the Equality Act to the Global Respect Act to the Student Non-Discrimination Act.
 
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For Immediate Release:
July 13, 2017
 
Contact:
Emily Kaufman (617) 332-3333
Dan Black (202) 225-5931

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