Re-elect Dan Lipinski Congressman


June 4, 2010 - Southwest News-Herald

Cong. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) commented last Friday regarding voting against the repeal of the 1993 law commonly referred to as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

"In making my decision, I heeded the views stated this week by Commandant of the Marine Corps General James T. Conway, Army Chief of Staff General George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Gary Roughead, and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton A. Schwartz," stated Lipinski. "As the chiefs of the branches of our military, each spoke of his strong support for allowing the comprehensive review of the implications of repealing the ‘Don't Ask, Don't Tell' policy to be completed before any legislative action is taken.

"The review process established by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates takes a systematic approach to evaluating ‘any impacts to military readiness, military effectiveness and unit cohesion, recruiting/retention, and family readiness that may result from repeal of the law.'"
Lipinski said before voting on the bill, Congress should have considered the report, which is due Dec. 1.

"It is notable that General Conway, General Casey, Admiral Roughead and General Schwartz were united in indicating that to act before the review is completed would send an unwelcome signal to our men and women in uniform regarding the importance of their input," said Lipinski.

Lipinski said that an important aspect of the bill is the gathering of view from the "range of age, rank and warfare communities" that has been suggested by Gates.

"In voting yesterday (May 27) on this important question, I believe Congress acted hastily, ignored the clear and considered advice of our top military commanders, and showed a regrettable disregard for the opinions of the men and women who risk their lives for our nation on a daily basis," said Lipinski. "The American people have made it clear: Congress should listen before it acts."

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