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Reps. McKeon, Wilson Want “Oversight” of DADT Report 

Reps. McKeon, Wilson Want “Oversight” of DADT Report 


Representatives Buck McKeon and Joe Wilson, both Republicans, have released a joint statement calling for a "comprehensive oversight" of the recommendations made in the Pentagon's "don't ask, don't tell" report.

In the next Congress, McKeon, of California, will be the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, and Wilson, of South Carolina, will be heading up the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

McKeon writes, "Today's briefing and the release of the Pentagon's report are the first steps in what should be a comprehensive process to study whether implementing these recommendations would undermine military readiness or negatively impact the war efforts in Afghanistan and Iraq."

Wilson adds that he strongly opposes any effort to repeal "don't ask, don't tell" immediately, as Secretary of Defense Robert Gates urged: "Using the last days of a lame duck Congress to hastily repeal 'Don't Ask Don't Tell' would be highly irresponsible. Today's Pentagon report must be thoroughly examined by the committees of jurisdiction to determine potential impacts on military recruitment, readiness, and morale. Lawmakers and military leaders need to have as much information as possible before any action is taken on such a significant military policy."

Read the full statement here.

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