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Kerry Statement on DADT/DREAM Act Filibuster on Defense Spending


Location: Washington, DC

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) today released a statement following the Senate's failure to end a filibuster and move to a final vote on the Department of Defense Authorization bill that would fund our troops, repeal the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, and pass into law the DREAM Act which provides a path to citizenship for immigrants who enlist in the military.

"Today a Republican filibuster blocked funding for our troops and blocked efforts supported by our military brass to end outdated policies that force service members into the shadows or reject them entirely from serving their country," said Sen. Kerry. "Gay and lesbian Americans are forced to lie about who they are, and patriotic youth who want to enlist are barred from service simply because they were brought to this country illegally as children. That's wrong.

"Today, we had the chance to listen to Admiral Mullen, General Colin Powell, and Defense Secretary Gates, strengthen our military, and make our society more just. That didn't happen, and that's an affront to patriots who want to serve their country and put their lives on the line for our security. As a veteran, I'm deeply disappointed, and as a Senator I'm deeply angered and determined to keep fighting until the Senate does what's right."

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