Congressman attempts to block 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal
January 15th, 2011
02:50 PM ET
12 years ago

Congressman attempts to block 'don't ask, don't tell' repeal

(CNN) - The repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy may hit a road block in Congress next week.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-California, is drafting a bill that would change how - and possibly if - the repeal is implemented. The repeal law passed in December requires the president, defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to certify that the military is ready for the change. Hunter's bill would require the four service chiefs to also sign off on the policy change.

At a December hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force chiefs expressed concern about the effect a possible repeal of the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the military would have on active combat units.

Joe Kasper, a spokesman for Hunter, said the congressman wants the chiefs involved in the process to ensure the repeal "doesn't impact combat readiness."

Kasper said Hunter has 18 co-sponsors for the bill, but expects to receive "an avalanche of co-sponsors" after he circulates the draft to his colleagues.

The tentative plan is to introduce the bill in the middle of next week.

Hunter, a Marine who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, opposed the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," which passed in the lame-duck session of Congress. However, even if the bill passes in the House, it is unlikely that the Senate would consider similar legislation. Such a bill would also face a presidential veto.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. steven harnack

    This is another effort that cannot possibly come to anything. Why do the Republicans continue to waste time with issues that are already settled? If this is how they plan on spending the next two years then they might as well just go home now, put a closed sign on the door.

    January 15, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. Root and stem

    Why is the American With Disability Act not applied to the military ? If somone in a whell chair or is missing a leg wants to join the Marine Corp they should be welcomed. What ever accomodations the military would need to provide in training should be done. They should not be excluded from combat.

    January 15, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. Ken

    > May God Bless You, Rep. Hunter!!! Good Luck in your efforts. STOP the socialist agenda of President Obama!

    How is DADT related to socialism? Oh wait, I get it, being GAY is a really really BAD thing and SOCIALISM is a really really BAD thing so they must be related!

    January 15, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Sounds like McCain. Once all rules are met, change the rules - again and again and again.

    Where are the jobs Hunter? Where are the jobs Boner? That's what you all were elected for. You can and will be voted out in 2 short years. 2012 can't come soon enough.

    January 15, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Root and stem

    The shootings in Tucson are directly related to Mr. Obama's call for political violence. If someone advocates using guns in political conflicts they should detained, tried, and sent to prison for many many years. Mr. Obama is a violent man and CNN should not be allowed to use its resources to prop him up.

    January 15, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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