As the first veteran of the Iraq war elected to Congress, Congressman Murphy saw great soldiers kicked out of the military- not because of any misconduct, but simply because they were gay. Murphy believes that at a time when the United States is engaged in two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" threatens our national security and hinders our military readiness. These two wars have put great strain on the military's personnel resources, while "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" has resulted in the discharge of nearly 800 mission critical troops like such as fighter pilots, medics, and at more than 60 Arabic and Farsi linguists over the last five years.
Murphy believes that "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" clearly isn't working for our military, and it isn't making our country safer. That's why, as the lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, Murphy has worked tirelessly to repeal this harmful policy. In addition to hurting our national security, the economic costs of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" have been incredibly wasteful, with a 2005 GAO study estimating that American taxpayers have paid over $1 billion to investigate, eliminate, and replace servicemembers under the law. The military spends tens of thousands of dollars to recruit new personnel while discharging other qualified, dedicated military personnel strictly on the basis of their sexual orientation.
Murphy has argued that all of our nation's brave, talented servicemembers should be able to serve our country openly and honestly, and will continue fighting to let them serve.