Cantwell: Defense Authorization, Including DADT, Critical to Military Security, Operation

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after her Republican colleagues blocked passage of the Department of Defense Authorization bill, which includes a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy.


“When a clear majority of our troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Secretary of Defense, and authorities such as former Senator Sam Nunn, believe that “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy can be repealed without harming military readiness, it is disappointing that this measure continues to be subject to a partisan filibuster. The repeal is measured and responsible, providing the Department of Defense with the necessary time to properly implement this important policy shift.


“The Defense Authorization bill is must-pass legislation that provides critical policy guidance and funding for our troops, and no Senate has failed to pass the legislation in 48 years. At a time when we are engaged in military operations Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a developing crisis in Korea, it is irresponsible to block legislation critical to the safety and operation of our troops. I hope we are able to resolve this impasse before Congress adjourns.”