Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Sen. Pryor (D-Ark.) to Support "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Repeal

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) announced today that he will support repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" within the National Defense Authorization Act.  Here is the statement, courtesy of AmericaBlog:
On many previous occasions, I have said that I would oppose repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell until I had heard from our servicemen and women regarding this policy. I have now carefully reviewed all of the findings, reports, and testimony from our armed forces on this matter and I accept the Pentagon’s recommendations to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. I also accept the Secretary of Defense and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs’ commitment that this policy can be implemented in a manner that does not harm our military’s readiness, recruitment, or retention. We have the strongest military in the world and we will continue to do so by ensuring our troops have the resources necessary to carry out their missions. Therefore, I support the 2011 Defense Authorization Act that passed the Senate Armed Services Committee and will support procedural measures to bring it to a vote this year.
This is hugely important.  Pryor was one of two Democrats (the other being Blanche Lincoln of the same state) to vote against cloture last time DADT repeal came up for a vote, which had put us three votes away from the 60 we needed.  His commitment to support repeal puts us one step closer to being rid of the discriminatory and dangerous policy one and for all.

We are closer to repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" than ever before, but take nothing for granted: pick up your phone and call these swing vote Senators now.

Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark): 202-224-4843
Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine): 202-224-2523
Senator Richard Lugar (R-Ind.): 202-224-4814
Senator John Ensign (R-Nev.): 202-224-6244
Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska): 202-224-6665
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine): 202-224-5344
Senator George Voinovich (R-Ohio): 202-224-3353

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