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HR 1283 Gets New Sponsor

Timothy Kincaid

July 1st, 2009

The bill introduced in Congress to remove the ban on open service in the military, HR 1283, the Military Readiness Enhancement Act was sponsored by Rep. Ellen Tauscher. However, Rep. Tauscher was confirmed on June 25 as the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

The Morning Call is reporting that upon her resignation, the bill was assigned to Iraq vet Patrick Murphy. You may recall that Murphy skewered Elaine Donnelly’s anti-gay rantings in Congressional testimony.

Murphy is likely to be an ardent advocate for overturning DADT and the underlying ban. I hope that he will take prompt action on this bill but it appears that he does not anticipate rapid passage.

He said he anticipates a drawn-out battle to rally enough support to bring the bill to the floor. The legislation, first introduced in 2005, has never made it out of committee.

“This is going to take months and months, but change is going to happen,” he said.

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Richard W. Fitch
July 1st, 2009 | LINK

I watched most of the unedited video on C-SPAN and vividly remember Murphy’s questioning of Donnelly. It was all he could do to manage to retain his decorum, he was so incense by her arrogance and ignorance. If that spirited conviction has been preserved, we can count on seeing movement on HR 1283 sooner rather than later.

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