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Griffith Opposes the Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" if Included in Defense Bill

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Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Parker Griffith gave his support for military servicemembers today and will oppose the repeal of, "don't ask, don't tell" if the repeal amendment is placed in defense legislation without being reviewed by the Department of Defense (DoD). Democrats and the White House have recently produced a "don't ask, don't tell" repeal amendment to include in the Defense Authorization Bill.

"We always need to support our military men and women serving our country, and that means being cautious when making decisions that concern them," said Griffith. "Placing an amendment in the Defense Authorization Bill to repeal "don't ask, don't tell' is merely a self-righteous political play on the Democrat's behalf. We should never jeopardize the security of our military for a political agenda and I scold the Democrats for proposing such a scenario.

"Out of respect for our service men and women, we should take into consideration the DoD's assessment before there is even a vote to overturn this important rule. It is disrespectful to our soldiers and premature to vote on an amendment to repeal "don't ask, don't tell,' in what is very obviously a political ploy.

"All four military Chiefs have sent letters opposing a repeal of "don't ask, don't tell' before the DoD completes its review. We look to our military generals for the best guidance for our military. I oppose Congress inserting a liberal social agenda, especially while we wage two wars."

The House is scheduled to vote on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011 this week. The defense bill is a measure that authorizes pay raises for military personnel and sets policies governing Pentagon procurements.

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