DADT Roll Call: Boozman | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, May 27, 2010

DADT Roll Call: Boozman

Posted By on Thu, May 27, 2010 at 3:45 PM

John Boozman's people won't take my calls, but Roby Brock got a statement from the Republican on the compromise to repeal don't-ask-don't-tell, but give the Pentagon time to recommend how to implement the change. Not surprisingly, Boozman hangs with the 25-percenters who believe it should be legal to discriminate against gay people in the military and anywhere else. He'll toe the  Republican Party's new line -- vote against repeal (news release on jump), even if it means voting against military appropriations. That's how the bigoted faux patriots roll.

JOHN BOOZMAN: "The Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff have warned legislative action to overturn the law will undermine their review and will be a disservice to our military servicemembers. Therefore, Congressman Boozman feels it is inappropriate for Congress to address the issue before our military leaders have a chance to complete their review -especially when we are a country at war."

So far from my survey: Vic Snyder and Blanche Lincoln for equal treatment under the law. Mark Pryor passes the buck (but promising a further statement). John Boozman in favor of continued workplace discrimination against gay people.

ROSS and BERRY: Crickets.

BOOZMAN NEWS RELEASE

As we approach Memorial Day America’s men and women in uniform continue to defend freedom in U.S. military operations as part of the Global War on Terror. At the same time Speaker Pelosi is using legislation that provides them with the resources needed to accomplish their mission to push controversial changes to military policy through Congress without the input of servicemembers and the families that support them.
 
Offered as an amendment to the Defense Authorization bill, Members of Congress will vote to repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ a policy that will directly impact all American military personnel.
 
“There is no reason to change the policy at a time our nation is at war. I am against modifying our current law without allowing our military men and women to have the opportunity to voice their concerns and views on this issue. This is legislation that Congress must provide a meaningful discussion with everyone involved, not just on the House Floor for a 10 minute debate.”
 
Top U.S. military leaders including Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, expressed their concerns earlier this year about changing Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell before an official review of the policy by the Department of Defense is complete. That review is expected to be finalized in December.

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Auditor Lea caught not telling the truth

    State Auditor Andrea Lea, who began her tenure in statewide office with a degree of competence unseen in some other Republican counterparts (think Treasurer Dennis Milligan particularly), is becoming more deeply mired in a political scandal.
    • Mar 4, 2016
  • El Dorado challenges state Board transfer decision; raises broad question about 'choice' vs. segregation

    The El Dorado School District HAS gone to federal court in response to the state Board of Education's approval, over El Dorado's objection, of the transfer of a white student from El Dorado to the majority white Parkers Chapel School District.
    • Aug 18, 2016
  • Another Republican miracle-working governor

    Great piece in Washington Post on the budget crisis in Louisiana. Big tax cuts and corporate welfare will do that to a state, particularly to a state whose previous governor, Republican Bobby Jindal, refused to join the Obamacare-funded Medicaid expansion. There's a lesson there for Arkansas.
    • Mar 4, 2016

Most Shared

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation