Cantwell Says ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell'' Repeal is Measured and Responsible

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) released the following statement after the Pentagon issued its report assessing the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law. 
“Today’s report issued by our nation’s top military leaders makes clear that repeal of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy would have no significant impact on our military and would not hinder ongoing U.S. military operations. The repeal is measured and responsible. Secretary Gates has assured us that the pending legislation provides the Department of Defense with both the time and flexibility it needs to implement this important policy change.
“We are engaged in military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we are dealing with a brewing crisis on the Korean peninsula. This is not a time for obstructionist tactics to be used to block consideration of legislation vitally important to our warfighters and the defense of our nation.”