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S. 1820 (115th): A bill to provide for the retention and service of transgender members of the Armed Forces.

About the bill

President Trump recently announced that transgender people would no longer be permitted to serve in the U.S. military. A new bill to reinstate them has bipartisan support — including from John McCain, only a few years ago one of the most vocal opponents of allowing gays to serve openly in the military.

What the bill does

S. 1820 was introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in mid-September. The bill, only two pages long, would once again allow transgender people in the military to serve openly.

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Sponsor and status

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Sep 14, 2017
Length: 2 pages

Sep 14, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on September 14, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Sep 14, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

S. 1820 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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