Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy (D-8th District) issued the following statement today following testimony by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen and Defense Secretary Robert Gates:
"Today's testimony from top civilian and military leaders at the Department of Defense marked the beginning of the end of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' In particular, I was very encouraged by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen's strong statement condemning the policy's harmful impact on our nation's servicemembers. This policy is detrimental to our national security and military readiness, and I will continue to fight to repeal it so that all of our brave men and women in uniform can serve our nation with integrity and honor."
Congressman Patrick Murphy is the first veteran of the Iraq War elected to Congress. A former Captain in the 82nd Airborne division, he was awarded the Bronze Star for service in Iraq. Murphy represents the 8th District of Pennsylvania. He is the lead sponsor of H.R. 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." and replace it with a policy of nondiscrimination.