Today, Senate Republicans continued their obstruction of legislation repealing the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy. In response, DNC Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement:
“Republicans’ defense of the discriminatory and outdated policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ is not only out of step with most Americans, it is in direct contradiction to the wishes of Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen. Our military leaders not only completed a comprehensive study regarding service members’ opinions of repeal – in which they found majority support for the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ – they have also made it clear that Congressional failure to act on this matter could impact the stability of the military and the safety of our nation by creating an environment in which the courts could end this policy immediately, rather than phasing it out in a responsible manner.
“The Republican Party blocking legislation to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is just the latest example of their politically motivated obstruction which extends to defending discriminatory policies like DADT. That even includes some Republicans voting to preserve a policy they claim not to support. Republicans had yet another chance today to put politics aside and do the right, just and fair thing by voting to end DADT. No one should be surprised that yet again they failed to do so.”