Katie Grant, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) released the following statement on today’s introduction of legislation by Rep. Murphy to allow for repeal of "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell," on which Hoyer is the lead co-sponsor:
“Today Rep. Patrick Murphy is introducing a new standalone bill to to allow for repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,' and I am proud to join him as the lead co-sponsor. As Secretary Gates and others have stressed, it is critical that Congress pass this legislation, empowering the Defense Department to implement repeal of 'Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell' itself, rather than have repeal imposed by the Courts," said Hoyer.
“I look forward to bringing this bill to the House floor soon, and I hope the Senate will swiftly take action as well so that the bill can be signed into law as soon as possible. This discriminatory and harmful policy has weakened America’s security by depriving us of the work of tens of thousands of gay and lesbian troops who have served their country honorably. And it has severely compromised our Armed Forces’ core value of integrity,” concluded Hoyer.
Rep. Patrick Murphy said, “The time to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell has come. Already, two dozen other nations, including Israel and Great Britain, allow their troops to serve openly with no detriment to unit cohesion. As an Army veteran of the Iraq War, I’m insulted by those who claim that our troops are somehow less professional or mission-capable than the troops of these foreign nations. I’m proud to stand with the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the majority of servicemembers and the American public who all support repeal of this discriminatory policy that harms our national security and military readiness.”