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Placing Political Agenda within Defense Authorization Disrespects our Warfighters

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Location: Washington, DC

Griffith States the Repeal Amendment for "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" a Political Ploy

Congressman Parker Griffith, along with 185 of his House colleagues, voted against final passage of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011, which included an amendment to repeal "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Many House members, including the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, opposed the amendment as it was inserted in the Defense Authorization Bill by the Democrats without consideration for the review currently being conducted by the Department of Defense (DoD).

"Just as we saw with the Democrats cramming through a health care bill the American people did not want -- they have now done the same with "Don't Ask Don't Tell'," said Griffith. "This is a very obvious political ploy and it is dishonorable to place a political agenda within legislation authorizing funding for our warfighters.

"We need to do our military justice. Placing this amendment within legislation authorizing funding for our military is disrespectful to our servicemembers. Before the policy is changed, we need to - at the least - hear concerns military personnel may have with a repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell.'

"I refuse to take part in the Democrat's political agenda. We always need to support our military men and women serving our country and respect their concerns, especially now while we wage two wars."

This week, all four military Service Chiefs have sent letters opposing a repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" before the DoD completes its review.

H.R. 5136, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, authorizes pay raises for military personnel and sets policies governing Pentagon procurements.

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