House Republicans Move To Remove Left-Wing Initiatives From VA Spending Bill

( – Republican lawmakers in the House of Representatives are targeting contentious policy proposals put forward by the Biden administration in a veteran affairs spending bill. House Republicans want to nix funding for initiatives pertaining to abortion, drag shows, gender transition and environmental causes.

Representative Andy Ogles, R-Tenn., has introduced an amendment to the bill that would prevent any money from the Department of Veterans Affairs from being allocated toward abortions, according to a report by Politico.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., has also introduced an amendment that would prevent any money from the department from being allocated toward gender transition surgeries. The amendment specifically prohibits any funds going to “any sex-altering surgical procedure.”

Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., introduced an amendment to block the showing of any drag queen performances, or as the amendment says, “adult cabaret performances,” or “LGBTQ events.”

Republicans are looking to put an end to any policies that were put in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rosendale and Rep. Keith Self, R-Texas., has introduced an amendment to end mask mandates at military facilities. Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., has taken such a policy even further by introducing an amendment that would ban the use of masks in non-surgical areas. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas., is seeking to end any Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) panels and advisors.

The House is expected to consider the bill this week after the Rules Committee makes a determination on the amendments. The Biden administration has already indicated that it will veto the legislation if it passes both chambers of Congress. The White House released two statements opposing the measures coming from House Republicans.

The first statement was on H.R. 4366, the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024, saying that the bill endangered “critical services” to the public, specifically services that support LGBTQ+ initiatives.

The second statement slammed H.R. 4368, the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2024, saying that the bill would be “harming access to reproductive healthcare,” and “threatening the safety” of LGBTQ+ people.

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