Rep. Patrick Murphy is the sponsor of H.R. 1283, the legislation to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Murphy has secured 187 cosponsors so far. Here’s his statement on the President’s speech:
“I’m glad that President Obama is calling for Congress to repeal the wrongful policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, as he did repeatedly on his campaign. It is ridiculous that American taxpayers have spent $1.3 billion to kick brave, talented Americans out of the military simply because of their sexual orientation. In the last year, we’ve committed more servicemembers to fighting Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan. While we increase our forces to fight terrorism, it makes no sense to kick out fighter pilots, medics, and Arabic linguists at the rate of nearly 2 servicemembers a day. It is time to repeal this ridiculous law that hurts our national security and military readiness.”
It is time. And, since the budget is implicated, Obama should put the repeal in his budget on Monday.