Senate Committee Keeps Anti-LGBT Amendments Off Defense Bill
June 17, 2011
Yesterday, the Senate Armed Services Committee completed its markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) without incorporating any of the anti-LGBT amendments attached to the NDAA in the House. Thanks to Senate allies, we are one step closer to defeating the attempts of far-right House members to delay and distract from the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) -- a process that is advancing smoothly according to all top military leaders.
A recent letter from 23 House Republicans to the President asserts that DADT repeal should not be led by top military officials; instead it claims that Congress should be allowed to micromanage the repeal process and determine what is best for our military. Luckily, these last ditch efforts to delay and distract from DADT repeal were summarily rejected by the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
However, as the NDAA moves out of Committee and reaches the Senate floor, the battle is not over. HRC will continue to work with Senate allies to fight anti-LGBT amendments that could be offered on the floor. After Senate consideration later this summer or fall, the bill will be considered by the joint House-Senate conference committee, where we will work to have the House language stricken. The President has made it clear that he does not support the anti-LGBT amendments offered in the House, and HRC will work with our allies in both chambers to keep these from reaching his desk.
Stay tuned to HRC Back Story for updates on the NDAA.