Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-Pa.) has taken up the mantle as the chief opponent of “Don’t ask, don’t tell” in Congress, and he’s confident the policy banning gays from serving openly in the military will get its first full committee hearing in a decade and a half this session.
Murphy, a second-term Democrat, will be lead sponsor of the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, which would repeal “Don’t ask, don’t tell” – a policy first passed by Congress and signed into law under President Bill Clinton.
“It’s our job,” Murphy said of a repeal. “This was an act of Congress in 1993 and it will take an act of Congress” to reverse it.
Rep. Ike Skelton, chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is evidently promising Murphy the bill will get a full hearing this year.
Let me hear a hu-rah!