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Veterans rally for the repeal of 'Don't Ask…Don't Tell'….

In a story that seems to be running below the headlines…..

A good amount of veterans around the country are rallying against Secretary Gates footdragging on giving his blessing

For the passgae of recinding the DADT policy Congress put into effect during the Clinton Presidency..

Congress would like to put the change in policy on the next military spending bill that Gates is bitching about……

Ah, Gates actually wants Congress to give him less money for the troops…..personally…

You know benefits and stuff…

I don’t think that’s gonna happen……

Let’s see how the DADT things goes……

Hundreds of veterans on Tuesday will urge lawmakers to repeal this year the ban on openly gay personnel serving in the military.

The approximately 350 veterans from 44 states will lobby lawmakers as the House and Senate Armed Services committees prepare to write the 2011 national defense authorization bill.

Supporters of the repeal, both in Congress and the outside arena, are eyeing the defense authorization bill as the vehicle to carry legislation scrapping the Clinton-era law, known as “Don’t ask, don’t tell.”

In the Senate, the veterans are focusing in particular on six members of the Armed Services panel: Sens. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Jim Webb (D-Va.), Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

The hundreds of veterans lobbying include many from the “key states” that have members on the Armed Services panel, said Michael Cole, the new-media campaign director at Human Rights Campaign, which organized the lobby day along with Servicemembers United and a broad coalition of organizations supporting the repeal.

More than a third of the veterans coming to Capitol Hill hail from Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Indiana and Nebraska. They include gay, straight and lesbian service members.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), who co-sponsored the repeal legislation with fellow committee member Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), needs 15 votes on the panel to be able to include the legislation in the bill before it goes to the full Senate. The repeal legislation would be much harder to strip by its opponents once it is on the Senate floor.

One of the hurdles Levin and Lieberman have to overcome is Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ opposition to repealing the ban before the Pentagon finishes its yearlong study on the impact the change would have on the military. That study is expected to be completed by Dec. 1.

The Vets are correct in worrying that the wait till December would all but stop any momentum on the repeal of the policy…..

May 11, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Updates, Women | , ,


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  2. Kyle had to it right

    the easiest way to deal with this issue is to stop enforcing it

    this takes no legislation

    Comment by Timothy Leal | May 11, 2010 | Reply

  3. Gates backed away from that….

    New President could bring new enforcement….

    Either you have or it’s gone….

    Comment by jamesb101 | May 11, 2010 | Reply

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