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December 18, 2010


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC), today made the following statement after the Senate, in a rare Saturday session, voted 65-31 to repeal the military’s ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ (DADT) policy.  The vote came after the Senate cleared a major procedural hurdle 63-33, paving the way for final passage:

“I am very disappointed with this vote to repeal DADT.  For the past 17 years, DADT has proven to work providing good order and discipline to our nation’s military. To repeal a policy that has been successful to our military’s troop unity and effectiveness is frankly absurd and thoughtless of Congressional Democrats. As the old adage goes, why fix something that isn’t broken?  To appease the far left, we will negatively impact up to 60 percent of our combat forces for what is estimated to be less than 2 percent of the military population.

 “I echo the concerns of each of our Service Chiefs of the Army, Navy and Air Force as well as the Commandants of the Marine Corps and Coast Guard.  Each of them have expressed concerns about implementing a repeal of the DADT policy, and how a repeal will impact troop readiness, recruitment and retention.  Like them, I remain concerned about the findings of the Pentagon’s study in which 30 percent of those surveyed said repealing the policy would have a negative impact.  With only two hearings held in the SASC, we failed to uncover the full magnitude of this repeal and merely touched the tip of the iceberg. Our nation's military and its commanders did not ask for this repeal, and they deserve better than to have a liberal agenda forced upon them.”




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