Subcommittee Hearing Sets Groundwork for Republican Attack on DADT Repeal
May 4, 2011 by Ty Cobb, Director, HRC Global
Today, the Military Personnel Subcommittee of the House Armed Service Committee met to review the portion of the National Defense Authorization Act that covers military personnel. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) was not debated during the very short 11-minute committee markup. However, next week, amendments are expected to be offered when the full committee considers the bill.
HRC expects Republican-sponsored amendments to derail, halt, or overturn Congress’s decision last year to repeal DADT. We are working closely with our allies on the committee to oppose such efforts.
Today’s markup is the first step for the annual bill that authorizes defense programs. After next week’s full committee markup, the bill will be considered on the House floor later this month or in early June. Senate action is expected later this summer and a final bill won’t be on the President’s desk until this fall.
We will continue to work with our allies in the Senate to ensure that any successful House efforts to halt or reverse DADT repeal will be rejected by the Senate, where a significant majority of Senators remain committed to DADT repeal.
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