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The Full House and the Senate Armed Service Committee vote for the Defense Authorization Bill with the modified DADT repeal language

In a relief valve move to defuse the issue….

The full House ( 234-194 ) and Senate Armed Services  (16 to 12) committee voted for the Defense Authorization Bill that contained several things including the repeal of the Don’t Ask…Don’t Tell policy….


The repeal cannot go in effect until Defense Secretary Gates, Joint Chief Mullen and the President sign off on the study being done by the pentagon on the issue….due around December 1st.….

This provides cover for everyone and time for Gates…..

To get the troops ready ..of fight the bill….

The House left money in for TWO engine manufactures for the F-35 fighter..something Secretary Gates wanted his boss to veto….We’ll see how strongly he wants to mess with Congress on that….

The House may not have ordered more C-17 Cargo planes for now…But don’t be surprised if the money for them finds its way back into the budget…..

Supporters of the repeal hailed it as a matter of basic fairness and civil rights, while opponents charged that Democrats and President Obama were destabilizing the military to advance a liberal social agenda.

“On Memorial Day, America will come together and honor all who served our nation in uniform,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a floor speech, noting the symbolic timing of the debate. “I urge my colleagues to vote for the repeal of this discriminatory policy of ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and make America, more American.”

Separately on Thursday, the Senate Armed Services Committee approved a similar measure allowing the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

The vote, in a closed session, was 16 to 12, with one Republican, Senator Susan Collins of Maine, in favor of the repeal, and one Democrat, Senator Jim Webb of Virginia, in opposition.

Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the committee, said he believed that the full Senate would support permitting the repeal.

Like the House amendment, the Senate measure would allow Pentagon leaders to revoke the ban 60 days after the military study group completes its report and Mr. Obama, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Adm. Mike Mullen, certify that it will not hamper military readiness and effectiveness or “unit cohesion.”

Mr. Obama and Mr. Gates favor repealing the ban, as does Admiral Mullen, who, in testimony before the Armed Services Committee in February, called for a repeal.

But chiefs of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines have objected. In letters solicited by Senator John McCain of Arizona, the senior Republican on the Armed Services Committee, they urged Congress to delay voting on the issue until after the Defense Department completed its report.

After the committee vote, Mr. McCain said he would continue to fight a repeal when the bill reached the Senate floor. “I think it’s really going to be really harmful to the morale and battle effectiveness of our military,” he said.


NoteI will be posting more in the future on other things in the bill

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