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The Senate will consider a defense policy bill, which 20 attorneys general requested be altered to prohibit discrimination against transgender individuals in the military.

Changing the bill could provide an avenue for lawmakers to reverse President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender individuals from serving.

According to The Hill, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a version of which already passed the House, could be amended to address transgender service members.

On Thursday, the group of attorneys general sent congressional committee leaders a letter decrying Trump's pledge to ban transgender service members:

“The policy announced by President Trump's tweet undermines the national security goal of giving every able American who wants to serve in the military the opportunity to serve, creates untold bureaucratic and legal cost and complexities in implementation, and would put in place a policy that violates fundamental constitutional and American values."

Trump previously tweeted what appeared to be a reversal of the Obama-era policy of allowing, and eventually integrating new, transgender service members.

The attorneys general, which included 19 from states and one from Washington, D.C., blasted the decision as “undiluted discrimination and therefore indefensible.”

According to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the military will not implement Trump's policy until the president issues an official directive.

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