For Immediate Release:
December 18, 2010
Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after the Senate passed legislation empowering the Defense Department to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell":
"Today marks the end of the discriminatory 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy, with the Defense Department now empowered to implement its repeal. I have long called for the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' and I am proud to have fought to end it, from writing the compromise language that passed the House in May, to serving as the original co-sponsor of Rep. Patrick Murphy's stand alone legislation that passed the House this past week. No longer will the brave men and women who fight for our country be asked to live a lie. And no longer will our Armed Forces lose valuable resources in the men and women who bring talent and dedication to protecting our nation. Today's vote shows that Senators of both parties listened to active duty members of the Armed Forces and their families, who broadly support repeal. I look forward to seeing the President sign this repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' into law very soon."