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Congressman Mo Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Alabama

Brooks Votes Against Taxpayer Funding for Gender Reassignment Surgery

March 28, 2019
Press Release

Washington, DC— Thursday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) voted “No” on H.Res. 124, a Socialist Democrat-led resolution that supports forcing American taxpayers to pay for gender reassignment surgery of military service members. H.Res. 124 passed the House on a 238-185 vote.

Congressman Brooks said, “America’s military secures our homeland, liberty and freedom against global threats. The military is not a costly laboratory for social experimentation or a conduit for radical agendas. Anything that distracts America’s military or diverts military resources from defending America is a dangerous and potentially very deadly mistake.”

Brooks continued, “President Trump correctly reversed Obama’s flawed and exorbitantly expensive transgender policy that forced taxpayers to pay for discretionary gender reassignment surgery.[1] One of the best-known examples of taxpayer funded gender reassignment surgery is Bradley Manning, who was convicted of leaking national security secrets to WikiLeaks.[2] Manning’s procedure cost taxpayers as much as $50,000. Worse yet, the annual estimated taxpayer cost for hormone treatment and surgery for transgender service members ranges between $2.4 million and $8.4 million per year.[3]”

Brooks continued, “Secretary of Defense Mattis’ report on transgender service members says, ‘From October 1, 2015 to October 3, 2017, 994 active duty Service members diagnosed with gender dysphoria accounted for 30,000 mental health visits.’[4] Further, service members who undergo gender reassignment surgery are non-deployable for at least one year, which creates a serious and dangerous readiness issue. Notably, the Trump Administration policy does not ban transgender people from military service so long as they adhere to their biological sex.”

Brooks concluded, “Secretary of Defense Mattis enlisted a panel of experts to expose transgender impacts on national security. The panel of experts found ‘there are substantial risks’ with Obama’s badly flawed transgender policy. I fully support President Trump’s decision to return sanity to the Department of Defense.”


[1] Taxpayers Foot Bill for Soldier to Get Sex Reassignment Surgery, Daily Signal, Grace Carr (November 15, 2017);

[2] Chelsea Manning to undergo sex reassignment surgery, Military Times, Tom Vanden Brook (September 13, 2016);

[3] Id.

[4] Memorandum for the President, Secretary of Defense, Military Service by Transgender Individuals (Feb. 22, 2018).