Wednesday, April 20, 2011
House Armed Services Committee Chairman wants to complicate the certification process for repeal of DADT
Buck McKeon (R-CA) wants to introduce and support legislation that would require each individual service chief to certify that his branch was ready for “open service” before the complete repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”. Chris Johnson has a major story in the Washington Blade April 19 here , where the story says the legislation would “disrupt” the repeal. McKeon is House Armed Services Committee Chairman. Recently, the Committee held oversight hearings on the certification process, reported here April 8.
C-SPAN has a recent newsmakers interview with McKeon, where he claims that he has nothing against gays, but is concerned about the other troops. He also politicizes it, complaining that the repeal was pushed through a lame duck session of a "Democratic Congress". Odd reasoning indeed.