Today, Congressman J. Gresham Barrett (SC-03), a strong supporter of the men and women of the Armed Services, released the following statement regarding his vote on H.R. 5136 Defense Authorization Act for FY 2011:
"I have had the honor to serve my country in the Army, and I understand how important it is that we support the men and women of our Armed Forces.
However, I voted against H.R. 5136 because Democrats have attached additional language to this bill that I fundamentally oppose. By attempting to repeal the Don't Ask Don't Tell policy, Democrats are blatantly ignoring the military's request to wait until an in-depth review of the current policy has been completed. Furthermore, many military officials, military organizations and troops strongly believe the current policy works effectively.
Congressional Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for trying to hastily attach such controversial language to H.R. 5136. While I voted against this legislation, I still fully support and respect the members of our Armed Services."