Transgender Americans: House Resolution 3 and Rep. John P. Murtha

Transgender Americans: House Resolution 3 and Rep. John P. Murtha

On the issues: Rep. Ken Calvert and Will Rollins on Jan. 6, LGBTQ rights and polarization on Jan. 9, and the rise of transgender activism on Jan. 10.

On the issue: On Jan. 6, Rep. Ken Calvert from San Diego introduced House Resolution 3, a bill seeking a “right to health care” for transgender Americans and a repeal of California’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

On the issues: Rep. Will Rollins (R-Fairfax), who co-sponsored the Human Life Protection Act that has been introduced in the House of Representatives, addressed the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee (where Calvert voted against) on Jan. 9. Rollins said that while he has “no qualms” about the right to choose gender, the issue is to find common ground on health care for those undergoing the transition process, not to define transgender as a mental disorder or a medical condition.

On the issue: On Jan. 9, House Resolution 3910, introduced by Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), the sponsor of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” and Rep. Ken Calvert (D-San Diego), the sponsor of House Resolution 3, was passed by the House Rules Committee on Jan. 10 by a vote of 17-10, with Speaker John Boehner opposed. The bill would prohibit tax funding for any health care, insurance exchange, or health care-related education program for a program or activity that provides or promotes abortion.

On the issues: Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina, the chairman of the House Rules Committee, said he would consider the House’s passage of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal on Jan. 30, but did not offer an updated timeline for this process, according to the Washington Post. When asked whether the process of passing the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was currently underway, Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Minnesota Democrat, said she was unaware if the process had moved forward.

On the issues: Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.), who opposes the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” said Jan. 11 that a number of countries

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