Congress: Rep. Ken Buck says any Amer­i­can should be able to serve

The Denver Post - - FRONT PAGE - By Mark K. Matthews and Jesse Paul

Colorado Con­gress­man Ken Buck, a Repub­li­can, pushed back against Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s de­ci­sion Wed­nes­day to bar trans­gen­der peo­ple from serv­ing in the mil­i­tary “in any ca­pac­ity.”

“Amer­ica needs a mil­i­tary com­prised of pa­tri­ots will­ing to sac­ri­fice for this coun­try,” Buck, who rep­re­sents Weld County and the Eastern Plains, said in a writ­ten state­ment. “Any Amer­i­can who is phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally qual­i­fied should be al­lowed to serve.”

Buck, who led the high­pro­file Gree­ley hate-crime pros­e­cu­tion of the killer of trans­gen­der wo­man Angie Za­p­ata, was one of sev­eral mem­bers of Colorado’s con­gres­sional del­e­ga­tion to weigh in fol­low­ing Trump’s Twit­ter posts.

He wasn’t the only Colorado Repub­li­can push­ing back.

“Any­one who wants to serve in our mil­i­tary and is ca­pa­ble and will­ing should be able to do so,” said U.S. Sen. Cory Gard­ner, R-Colorado.

U.S. Rep. Doug Lam­born, an El Paso County Repub­li­can, sup­ported Trump’s move.

“While I ap­pre­ci­ate and re­spect the will­ing­ness of any­one to step for­ward and serve in uni­form, I agree with the pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion,” Lam­born said in a state­ment.

U.S. Rep. Mike Coff­man, a Repub­li­can rep­re­sent­ing Colorado’s 6th Con­gres­sional District, took is­sue with how the or­der came down, say­ing, “Pres­i­dent Trump should have al­lowed (De­fense) Sec­re­tary (James) Mat­tis to fin­ish his re­view of the pol­icy that al­lowed trans­gen­der per­son­nel to serve in the mil­i­tary ”

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