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  Gillibrand Proposes End to DADT Funding
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Feb 07, 2010 12:28pm
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AuthorJulie Bolcer
News DateSunday, February 7, 2010 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionCalling the recent “don’t ask, don’t tell” hearings an “important first step,” Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced Saturday that she plans to introduce an amendment to bar funding for the enforcement of the policy.

Gillibrand made the announcement at the Human Rights Campaign gala dinner in New York City, where she delivered the keynote address to a core constituency of gay donors assembled at the Waldorf Astoria.

During the speech, Gillibrand reviewed how she has championed ending the military ban since being appointed to the seat vacated by Hillary Clinton last year. The Democrat of New York faces a potential primary challenge from Harold E. Ford, Jr. this fall.

“I am leading this fight because I believe strongly that ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ is a threat to the men and women in our armed services, and a threat to our national security,” she said.

Gillibrand reiterated the historic testimony of Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday that repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell” was the “right thing to do.”

“The hearing this week was a very important first step, but we have a lot of work of to do, and we will lift this dangerous, discriminatory and damaging policy out of our government,” said Gillibrand.

“Tonight, I am announcing that I plan to introduce an amendment to the budget that will bar the use of funds for the enforcement of this policy,” she said.
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