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This Democrat says he’s not leaving the Dem party — at least not right now

Shortly after a few members of the Democratic Party announced their departure to new political affiliation, moderate Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., revealed that he will not be leaving the party — for now.”I’ll look at all of these things. I’ve always looked at all those things, but I have no intention of doing anything right now. Whether I do something later, I can’t tell you what the future is going to bring,” Manchin told a CNN reporter on Monday.Manchin went on to support Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., in her recent exit from the party. “I tremendously respect her decision and wish her the best,” the West Virginia senator said. “I want to work with Kyrsten every day, the same as I have before.”RETENTION ISSUES? POLITICAL STRATEGISTS WEIGH IN ON RECENT DEPARTURES FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY
Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.V., is up for re-election in 2024.
(Jonathan Ernst)”I’m not a Washington Democrat, I don’t know what to tell you,” Manchin told reporters on Monday. “But I have a lot of friends who aren’t Washington Republicans, and if a Washington independent is, as I said, more comfortable, you know, we’ll see what happens there, we’ll have to look.”ARIZONA SEN. KYRSTEN SINEMA LEAVES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, REGISTERS AS INDEPENDENTAfter disagreements over President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda in October 2021, Manchin made comments threatening to leave the party. “I said, me being a moderate centrist Democrat, if that causes you a problem, let me know, and I’d switch to be an independent. But I’d still be caucusing with Democrats,” Manchin asserted.The West Virginia senator is up for re-election in 2024, but has not announced if he will seek another term in the red state.
Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks at a news conference after the Senate passed the Respect for Marriage Act at the Capitol Building on Nov. 29, 2022, in Washington, D.C.
(Anna Moneymaker)The question was raised to Manchin just days after Sinema announced her decision to leave the Democratic Party and register as an independent.Sinema’s sudden departure sparked speculation that Manchin may be considering the same exit, after the two moderate senators worked together to oppose the Democrats attempt to reform the filibuster.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPOver the past several weeks, three elected Democrats left the party to register as either a Republican or an independent, including Arizona’s Sinema, West Virginia state Sen. Glenn Jeffries and New York City Councilman Ari Kagan.

Fetterman’s new chief of staff co-founded The Moscow Project that pushed Trump-Russia collusion narrative

The incoming chief of staff for Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. elect-John Fetterman helped launch an initiative after former President Donald Trump’s inauguration that breathlessly covered the Trump-Russia probe, during which it routinely accused the Republican president of colluding with Russia and propped up the since-debunked Steele Dossier as credible.At the start of the Trump administration, Adam Jentleson co-founded The Moscow Project, an initiative launched by John Podesta’s Center for American Progress Action Fund (CAPAF) and headed by Max Bergmann, a former John Kerry speechwriter. According to a 2017 report by Politico, Jentleson ran The Moscow Project’s war room. According to its website, which has been archived since President Biden’s inauguration, The Moscow Project was “dedicated to analyzing the facts behind Trump’s collusion with Russia and communicating the findings to the public.” On March 23, 2017, Jentleson tweeted that he was “very excited” about The Moscow Project and linked to a since-deleted copy of the infamous Steele dossier that was annotated by the project.
Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, and Pennsylvania Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, discuss reproductive freedom and the economy in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022.
(AP Photo/Ryan Collerd)JOHN FETTERMAN’S TOP AIDE CALLED FOR DEMS TO BRAND AMY CONEY BARRETT’S SCOTUS NOMINATION ‘ILLEGITIMATE'”If you’ve been wondering how much of the Steele dossier is backed up by fact, we annotated it here. (Hint: a lot.),” Jentleson wrote at the time.The dossier by former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele – controversially published in its raw form in 2017 by BuzzFeed News – alleged that Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election over Hillary Clinton and claimed that the Kremlin had blackmail material on the former president, including a tape of prostitutes urinating on him in a Moscow hotel.The dossier served as the basis for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page, and it was originally commissioned by a research firm hired by Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer Marc Elias. The 35-page dossier has since been repeatedly discredited and debunked, including by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year investigation, which found no evidence of collusion.”The Moscow Project helpfully annotated it for you,” Jentleson wrote of the dossier in April 2017. “Steele is former MI6 head of Russia desk.”
Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)JAMES BAKER, TWITTER LAWYER FIRED BY ELON MUSK, PLAYED KEY ROLE IN FBI’S TRUMP-RUSSIA COLLUSION PROBEDuring Mueller’s investigation, Jentleson repeatedly accused Trump of collusion with Russia.”If you’re not #ff @moscow_project it’s not too late to correct your mistake,” he tweeted in July 2018. “From the beginning, no one has tracked Trump/Russia collusion more aggressively or provided more valuable resources for context and analysis.””The evidence of collusion is already damning,” he tweeted in March 2018. “The only problem is it’s too obvious and obscured by the crush of breaking news. @moscow_project is an essential #ff for rapid response, analysis and context on Trump/Russia news.”Fetterman hired Jentleson, who has been advising the incoming senator during his transition, to be his chief of staff, Politico reported this month. Jentleson was most recently the executive director of the Battle Born Collective, a progressive consulting group he founded, and had also recently worked for left-wing groups Democracy Forward and Center for American Progress.JOHN FETTERMAN’S TOP AIDE REPEATEDLY ATTACKED DEMOCRATS MANCHIN, SINEMA FEINSTEIN ON TWITTERJentleson — who previously worked in top roles for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and for multiple liberal organizations — has repeatedly called for packing more seats on the Supreme Court and eliminating the filibuster, so much so that he wrote a book about it last year titled, “Kill Switch: The Rise of the Modern Senate and the Crippling of American Democracy.”Jentleson penned an op-ed for the New York Times in September 2020, days after Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, calling on Democrats to brand Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation as “illegitimate” in order to pave the way for eventually eliminating the filibuster and packing the court.
John Fetterman won Pennsylvania’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race on Tuesday, beating Trump-backed Republican Mehmet Oz.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Fetterman’s campaign has repeatedly said Fetterman does not support expanding the Supreme Court. The campaign has distanced the incoming senator from Jentleson’s comments in the past, telling Fox News Digital for previous stories that “John Fetterman is his own man with his own views.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe campaign recycled that statement when reached by Fox News Digital on Monday, saying, “John Fetterman is his own man with his own views; there is no one else like him in the US Senate. John is deeply proud of the team he is putting together for his Senate office. This should not be hard to understand.”

Manchin urges White House to keep Title 42 border policy in place

EXCLUSIVE: Sen. Joe Manchin and a bipartisan group of lawmakers are demanding that President Biden extend a pandemic emergency order blocking illegal immigrants from entering the United States.Manchin, a moderate Democrat from West Virginia, sent a letter to the White House with three Texas lawmakers on Tuesday imploring administration officials to not let Title 42 expire on Dec. 21.”We have a crisis at our southern border. Never before in our nation’s history have we experienced this scope and scale of illegal border crossings, and we remain concerned that your administration has not provided sufficient support or resources to the men and women of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) who are tasked with maintaining border security,” the letter said.The letter was signed by Manchin and three members of the Texas congressional delegation, including GOP Sen. John Cornyn. Also signing the letter was moderate House Democrat Henry Cuellar and GOP Rep. Tony Gonzales, whose districts span the U.S.-Mexico border.BORDER OFFICIALS SEEING MASSIVE MIGRANT NUMBERS, LARGE GROUPS AHEAD OF TITLE 42’S END
Sen. Joe Manchin and a cadre of bipartisan congressional lawmakers are demanding that President Biden extend a pandemic emergency order blocking illegal immigrants from entering the United States.
(Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention invoked Title 42 – which allows immigration to be suspended for public health reasons – in March 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic. The order allowed immigration officials to block illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. if they were coming from countries with high COVID-19 infection rates.Biden kept the policy in place for most of his first year in the White House, but has sought to have it rescinded in recent months. White House officials argue that since the pandemic has receded, the emergency expulsion order is no longer needed.Manchin and the Texas lawmakers warn that ending the Title 42 policy now will cause the already burgeoning migrant crisis at the border to intensify.TEXAS SEES OVER 2,500 MIGRANTS CROSS THE BORDER IN 24-HOUR SPAN
The letter was signed by Manchin and three members of the Texas congressional delegation, including GOP Sen. John Cornyn.
(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)”While admittedly imperfect, termination of the CDC’s Title 42 order at this time will result in a complete loss of operational control over the southern border, a profoundly negative impact on border communities, and significant suffering and fatalities among the migrants unlawfully entering the United States,” the lawmakers wrote.As of this month, there have been more than 500,000 migrant encounters – nearly 7,000 per day – in fiscal year 2023. Of that figure, more than 162,000 have been expelled under Title 42.FOX NEWS CREW WITNESSES DRAMATIC HUMAN SMUGGLING BUSTS BY TEXAS AUTHORITIESLast month, a federal court judge blocked the White House from enforcing Title 42. The court ruled that the pandemic order violated federal laws governing the formulation of regulations and policy by federal agencies. As part of the order, the court gave the Biden administration until Dec. 21 to end the order.
As of this month, there have been more than 500,000 migrant encounters – nearly 7,000 per day – at the border in the last fiscal year. Of that figure, more than 162,000 have been expelled under Title 42. 
(Nick Ut/Getty Images)The Justice Department is appealing the ruling and argues that while the White House planned to end the order, the CDC was well within its rights to issue it. Administration officials have said the CDC is working on a replacement policy for Title 42, but few expect it to be ready before the Dec. 21 deadline.Manchin and the Texas lawmakers say a legislative solution to the problem is likely the only path forward, but believe those “negotiations will take time.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”We are committed to enacting bipartisan legislation that will allow DHS to effectively implement policies and programs that have been revealed as critical to maintaining operational control over the southern border, and do not involve paroling large numbers of migrants into the United States to undergo months- or years-long processes,” they wrote..Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

HHS approves Washington state request to offer health insurance to illegal immigrants, citing ‘health equity’

President Biden’s administration will allow Washington state to provide health insurance to illegal immigrants within its borders by rolling back requirements for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of the Treasury and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) approved the state’s request via a State Innovation Waiver, which was requested by Washington government in May. WA GOV. INSLEE’S EQUITY SUMMIT TELLS STATE AGENCIES ‘OBJECTIVITY,’ ‘INDIVIDUALISM’ ROOTED IN ‘WHITE SUPREMACY’
Xavier Becerra, secretary of Health and Human Services, speaks during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. 
(Amanda Andrade-Rhoades/Bloomberg via Getty Images)”Washington has requested a waiver in order to expand access to qualified health plans, stand-alone qualified dental plans, and a state affordability program to Washington residents regardless of immigration status,” the HHS and Treasury said in a joint statement.The statement continued, “The waiver will help Washington work towards its goals of improving health equity and reducing racial disparities by expanding access to coverage for the uninsured population through the state Exchange, all the while not increasing costs for those currently enrolled.”BORDER OFFICIALS SEEING MASSIVE MIGRANT NUMBERS, LARGE GROUPS AHEAD OF TITLE 42’S END
The U.S. Treasury Department building viewed from the Washington Monument, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Washington.
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)The ACA’s normal regulations explicitly exclude non-citizens living in the U.S. illegally from collecting the benefits of the program. Washington’s successful campaign to expand coverage to illegal immigrants is the first of its kind since the ACA was introduced.TEXAS LAUNCHES TASK FORCE WITH K9S, DRONES TO STOP ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT ‘GOTAWAYS’ AMID SPIKE IN NUMBERSState Innovation Waivers are granted under the supervision of the HHS and Treasury for states seeking to modify existing ACA regulations to suit their specific needs.
Evening at the Washington State Capitol with flowering cherry trees.
(Dan Mihai/Getty Images)”Section 1332 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) permits a state to apply for a State Innovation Waiver (also referred to as section 1332 waiver) to pursue innovative strategies for providing residents with access to high quality, affordable health insurance while retaining the basic protections of the ACA,” according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPIn their statement, the departments said that the approved modification of Washington’s ACA, contingent upon the state accepting “specific terms and conditions,” would be valid from 2024 through 2028.

2024 showdowns: Biden tops Trump but trails DeSantis in national poll’s potential match ups

A new national poll suggests Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida topping Democratic President Biden in a hypothetical 2024 presidential election matchup.However, the same poll suggests that Biden leads former President Trump.The survey from the Suffolk University and USA Today also indicates that Republican voters would prefer DeSantis over Trump as their standard-bearer in 2024 by double digits.DeSantis would edge Biden 46.6%-42.7% if both faced off against each other in the 2024 general election, according to the poll, which was conducted Dec. 7-11.However, Biden tops Trump 47.3%-39.5% in a potential rematch of their 2020 presidential election showdown, the survey of 1,000 registered voters nationwide indicates. Biden’s lead is up from four-point margin in Suffolk University survey in October.FIRST ON FOX: BLUEPRINT FOR 2024? DESANTIS PENS NEW BOOK
President Biden and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis arrive to tour an area impacted by Hurricane Ian on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2022, in Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)While the poll points to Biden’s favorable ratings ticking up in recent months — although they are still underwater — support for him seeking a second term has declined from 45% in autumn to 40% now. Among all voters, less than a quarter of those questioned said they wanted to see Biden seek a second term in the White House, with just over two-thirds saying no.FIRST ON FOX: TRUMP SUPER PAC HAS $55 MILLION IN ITS COFFERSFormer President Trump launched his third White House bid last month with an announcement at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. Only a quarter of all respondents wanted Trump to seek the White House again.Among Republicans, 47% wanted him to run again, down from 60% in July. Forty-five percent of GOP voters do not want him making another presidential bid.
Former President Trump, during an announcement at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022, launches a third campaign for the White House.
(Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images)DeSantis, who last month won a landslide re-election, tops Trump 56%-33% among Republican voters when asked whom they prefer as the 2024 presidential nominee.For over a year, DeSantis has routinely discounted talk of a 2024 White House run as he stayed focused on his 2022 gubernatorial re-election. However, he has become a major force in the GOP as he has built a political brand that stretches from coast to coast, and political prognosticators view him as a potential presidential contender.WHAT PENCE TOLD FOX NEWS DIGITAL ABOUT A LIKELY 2024 WHITE HOUSE RUNThe poll indicates that by a two-to-one margin, Republicans and GOP-leaning independents now say they want Trump’s policies but a different standard-bearer to lead them in 2024.”Republicans and conservative independents increasingly want Trumpism without Trump,” Suffolk University Political Research Center director David Paleologos said.Two years after his 2020 election defeat at the hands of Biden, Trump remains the most popular and influential politician in the Republican Party and the clear polling front-runner in the burgeoning 2024 GOP nomination race. However, his latest campaign launch was anything but spectacular. Trump’s candidacy kick-off event last month at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida was widely criticized not only by Democrats but also by fellow Republicans.Some in Trump’s political orbit told Fox News the early announcement was intended in part to clear the field of potential rivals and help the former president avoid the growing net of legal entanglements, but it appears to have failed on both accounts.MEET THE POTENTIAL 2024 REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDERSTrump also appears to be the victim of self-inflicted wounds, from his heavily criticized dinner at Mar-a-Lago with the antisemitic rapper Ye — formerly known as Kanye West — and White nationalist and Holocaust denier Nick Fuentes to a widely panned social media post which appeared to suggest the “termination” of the U.S. Constitution in order to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.Additionally, the defeat of Trump-endorsed Herschel Walker to Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock in Georgia’s crucial Senate runoff election one week ago was the latest setback of a Republican nominee handpicked and supported by the former president in the midterm elections. Walker’s loss followed high-profiles defeats by Pennsylvania’s Mehmet Oz, Arizona’s Kari Lake and Blake Masters, Wisconsin’s Tim Michels, Nevada’s Adam Laxalt and Michigan’s Tudor Dixon.Trump has yet to hold any campaign rallies — unlike during the launch of his successful 2016 presidential campaign. However, aides tell Fox News that is by design and that the former president will increasingly hold public events starting next month.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “President Trump entered the race three weeks ago ready to win and he is going to do exactly that — no amount of wishful thinking from the media or consultant class will change it,” Taylor Budowich, spokesman for the Trump-aligned MAGA Inc. super PAC recently told Fox News. Budowich touted that Trump is “building one of the most ruthless and talented teams in American politics, and he is the only person in the country who is ready and capable of reversing America’s decline.”

The Republican Party is divided in support of former President Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign

The Republican Party is unequivocally split in supporting former President Trump in 2024, four weeks after announcing a third bid for the presidency.Before Trump’s announcement, long-time Trump critic Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Md., revealed he was not supportive of the 2024 run. “It’s basically the third election in a row that Donald Trump has cost us the race, and it’s like, three strikes, you’re out,” Hogan said while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash.Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears, R-Va., also told Fox Business’ Neil Cavuto that despite some great results of the Trump presidency, she would not be supporting him in another run because “a house divided against itself cannot stand.””His administration, when it came to the economy, had helped us because Black unemployment was the lowest it had ever been,” Sears said, but added that, “the voters have spoken and said that they want a different leader.”THE ‘ONLY PERSON’ BIDEN COULD BEAT IS TRUMP: KARL ROVE DOUBTS POTUS WILL BE THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IN 2024 “I could not support him. I just couldn’t,” the lieutenant governor told Cavuto.
Former President Trump announced he is running for president for the third time at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Nov. 15, 2022.
(Andrew Harnik)When asked about Trump’s decision to run for president, retiring Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., told TIME magazine that he “could care less.”The list goes on, with retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, whose open seat was picked up by Democrat Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, said he believes a Trump nomination would not end well for the GOP. “It’s just one more data point in an overwhelming body of data that the Trump obsession is very bad for Republicans, but normal Republicans are doing extremely well,” Toomey told CNN.FIRST ON FOX: TRUMP-ALIGNED SUPER PAC HAS $55 MILLION IN THE BANK AS 2024 PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN GETS UNDERWAY”And if there’s someone not named Trump, my guess is we win the White House,” former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”While there appears to be a growing disconnect with Trump within the Republican Party, there are several elected Republicans that remain loyal to the former president. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., was one of the first Republicans to announced that she will be backing Trump next cycle.”I am proud to endorse Donald J. Trump for President in 2024,” Stefanik said. “It is time for Republicans to unite around the most popular Republican in America, who has a proven track record of conservative governance.”
Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said she would support former President Trump in a third bid for the presidency.
(The Washington Post)Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, R-Texas, Richard Hudson, R-N.C., and Rep. Madison Cawthorn also joined Stefanik in supporting Trump. “I will follow this man to the day I die, barring some terrible information,” said Cawthorn in an Instagram video posted the night of Trump’s announcement. “I want a president who people are terrified of, who’s gonna push people out of the way when he’s walking up because he’s the United States of freakin’ America, and he represents every single one of us.””President Trump is the candidate the Democrats fear the most in 2024,” Patrick wrote in a Facebook post.2024 WATCH: DESANTIS TO HUDDLE WITH TOP DONORS FOLLOWING LANDSLIDE RE-ELECTION VICTORY”The difference between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden could not be more stark, which is why I look forward to enthusiastically supporting Donald Trump’s bid for the White House,” said Wesley Hunt, the incoming House Republican who recently won the race in Texas’ 38th Congressional District, said in a statement.Texas’ Attorney General Ken Paxton also announced his endorsement on Twitter. “I am proud to endorse his campaign for President so that he can once again put America First & heal our nation,” Paxton wrote.Among those who openly voiced their stance on the controversial run, there are a few Republicans who are not dreading, nor ruling out Trump as the potential 2024 nominee.While speaking to Fox News, just hours before Trump launched his 2024 campaign, Sen. Ted Crux, R-Texas., suggested the GOP primary will have several notable contenders, but that he would ultimately endorse Trump if he won the Republican nomination.”We’re going to have a process, we’re going to have a primary, we’re going to have a debate,” Cruz said, also adding that if he were the GOP nominee, the senator would “enthusiastically support him.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP “If we narrow our focus there, then we’re not talking to every single American. Our job is not just to talk to people who love Trump or hate Trump. Our job is to talk to every single American,” Noem told The New York Times when asked about Trump’s 2024 run.

Pentagon’s fixation on gender, ‘safe spaces’ evades congressional probe after Democrats vote it down

An investigation into Pentagon policies dealing with gender identity, gender transition and “inclusive” gender language was blocked by Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee Tuesday.Republicans led by Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., pushed for passage of their “resolution of inquiry” that would formally ask the Pentagon for any and all records dealing with its gender-related policies.Clyde’s resolution asks for any record that includes the words transgender, gender identity, gender transition, gender reassignment, gender affirming, gender neutral, gender dysphoria, nonbinary, gendered language, safe space and inclusive language. Under President Biden, the Pentagon in 2021 announced it recognizes transgender and non-conforming people, and would work to advance the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and “questioning individuals.”That included banning discrimination on the basis of anyone’s gender identify, and providing a “means to access into the military in one’s self-identify gender.”PENTAGON DRAGS OUT DECISION AFTER PROBE INTO ‘WOKE’ DIVERSITY CHIEF ACCUSED OF ANTI-WHITE PEOPLE TWEETS
Republicans say Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has injected a series of “woke” policies at the Pentagon that have dramatically hurt recruiting efforts in 2022.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)Resolutions of inquiry are privileged and must either be considered in committee or on the House floor. But at the committee today, Democrats opposed the resolution and voted to adversely report it to the House, effectively killing the measure.Democrats argued that Republicans were looking to score political points by ranting about “woke” policies at the Pentagon. One Democrat said GOP criticism of federal policies that take into account gender fluidity are harmful and cruel.”This is not something to poke fun at,” said Rep. Sara Jacobs, D-Calif. “Many of you know I have a trans sibling and gender nonconforming sibling, and I can tell you the conversations we have in this body, the things that young people hear us say about their identities, it has real consequences on their mental health.”The Democratic chairman of the committee, Rep. Adam Smith of Washington, said Congress should not be trying to make the military less inclusive at a time when it is struggling to recruit new service members.REPUBLICANS ACCUSE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT OF PUSHING ‘WOKE GARBAGE’ AFTER DEI CHIEF BLASTS WHITE PEOPLE
Rep. Matt Gaetz argued that Congress needs to formally request answers on the Pentagon’s gender policies because military officials refuse to answer questions about those policies.
(Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP, File)”We have had discrimination across this country against many different groups,” Smith said. “At a time when we are in fact short of personnel, excluding personnel for reasons other than their ability to do the job… forget about the discriminatory aspect of it or the bigoted aspect of it, it’s just stupid to not include people who could capably help the military because of past discriminations and bigotry.”But Republicans argued that “woke” leaders at the Pentagon are the reason why recruiting numbers are down.”The woke ideology that Secretary [Lloyd] Austin has advanced has harmed our military,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., who added the resolution is needed because the Pentagon refuses to answer questions about what it’s doing on gender, race and other issues.Rep. Stephanie Bice, R-Okla., said she recently met a service member at Fort Sill who said he joined the military to get free gender reassignment surgery. “This is an issue and I do feel we should be looking at it,” she said.PENTAGON PROMOTES CRITICAL RACE THEORY, GENDER IDENTITY ‘INSANITY’: GOP REPORT
Rep. Mike Rogers, the top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee, said Republicans would investigate the Biden administration’s woke military policies when they take control of the House next year.
(Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/Bloomberg  |  Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)The top Republican on the committee, Rep. Mike Rogers of Alabama, promised that Republicans would fully investigate this issue and others when they take charge in January.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”Americans are growing increasingly concerned with the direction of the military in recent years,” he said. “DOD’s current political appointees are pushing questionable policies on our troops just to satisfy the ideological agenda of a minority of Americans.””Our troops should not be the vanguard of the left’s social agenda,” Rogers added. “Next year the new majority will be conducting robust oversight on these issues, and we will demand accountability for this administration.”