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U.S. House adds another anti-gay amendment to Defense appropriations bill

Friday, July 8, 2011

The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday morning voted in favor of an amendment to the defense appropriations bill that prohibits the use of funds to implement training on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law for chaplains.

Tim Huelskamp

The amendment, sponsored by Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), was introduced in response to an April memo from the Navy Chief of Chaplains (subsequently withdrawn) that concluded that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) does not bar a chaplain from voluntarily officiating at a lawful marriage of a same-sex couple.

But on Thursday evening, Huelskamp acknowledged he had even seen the training curriculum:

In floor debate on the amendment yesterday evening, Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) elicited from Rep. Huelskamp that he had not even seen the DADT repeal curriculum itself and had only requested a copy from Defense Department officials that day – the same day he filed his amendment. Transcript of the amendment debate:

Rep. Polis: Has the gentleman from Kansas read the training manual that he is seeking to defund in this case?

Rep. Huelskamp: Madam Chair, that is an excellent question. We tried to obtain a copy of that from the Department of Defense today and they refused to provide a copy. What I do have is an online three-page summary of the manual.

Rep. Polis: So, reclaiming my time, I think that the straight answer is no. In fact, our ranking member and others have been unable to get that from the Navy Liaison’s Office.

via: HRC.

The amendment was approved by a vote of 236-184.

“In their continued zeal to interfere with the repeal of DADT and micromanage the Defense Department, House Republicans have reached a new low by voting to strip funds for trainings that they have not even read,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese, in a statement. “By all reports, training for DADT repeal has been proceeding smoothly and the memorandum that they have found so concerning has been withdrawn.”

Earlier on Thursday, the House voted in favor of another anti-gay amendment to the defense appropriations bill that reaffirmed DOMA as component of the Pentagon spending legislation.

The amendment, introduced by Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) was approved by a vote of 248-175, read:

“The proposed amendment simply expresses the intent of Congress that in all military policies, regulations, programs, and matters involving benefits, funds may not be used for activities in contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act.”

“Apparently the House vote last night to needlessly restate that DOMA is still the law of the land wasn’t enough,” Solmonese said. “Now, led by Rep. Huelskamp, a majority of the House has voted to overrule military leaders about personnel training without even bothering to read that training first.”

“It is now up to the Senate to reject this farcical political gamesmanship that disrespects the Pentagon, our fighting men and women, and LGBT Americans,” he added.

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Doesn’t matter anymore, the Courts have already overturned DADT, it is no longer enforceable.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:12am
  2. I’m sure it would be wasted money anyway.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:27am
  3. good grief…what part of “mind your own damn business” and “don’t you have something better to do?”do these folks not understand???

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 10:43am
  4. The right can’t do their jobs so they distract the issues with this garbage and their bitter hater base loves it…what a joke.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 11:01am
  5. This is what I’ve come to expect from the Party of Prejudice. What will they do for votes once DADT and DOMA are gone for good? They’ll become even more stridently pro-life, if that’s possible. They need a bogeyman to keep their base riled up and fearful. It’s all about pandering for votes.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 12:54pm
  6. Thos idiots were the ones that wanted the pointless training to begin with… Now one can only assume their intention is to cancel the training, so that when DADT is gone, some soldiers who weren’t “trained to tolerate homosexuals” (if that even makes sense) will do something drastic, so these moronic politicians can say “I told you so.” All in an effort to get re-elected on the grounds that they voted against the repeal that caused this tragic incident.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 1:05pm
  7. The House must really hate us…shame on them

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:22pm
  8. Not the House per se, just Republicans

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:26pm
  9. They might well hate us. I more suspect fearis the basis…..fear born out of ignorance, myth, and misinformation.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:28pm
  10. Another way to keep us from having equality ….dislike

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:33pm
  11. We REALLY need a thumbs down button. :(

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:33pm
  12. They never stop do they? smh.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:36pm
  13. Imagine that….he is from KANSAS…

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:42pm
  14. no they don’t hate us. They don’t give a damn about us. They’re bought & paid for to do this. Period. No principles. Money talks.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 6:59pm
  15. Wow, my US Constitution class was right, most of the bills the House tries to pass are frivolous and unnecessary, to put it lightly. I hope the Senate can straighten this out. >_>

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 7:04pm
  16. I don’t use bad language that often, but: I fucking hate politicians.

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 7:07pm
  17. Ummm we are in a financial crisis and they worry about this?

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 7:08pm
  18. Oh course they do…then they got tap there foot under the stall to get a bj…or go to bathhouse when they’re away from they wives, 2.3 children, church and white Pickett fences A**hole HATERS

    Posted on Friday, July 8, 2011 at 7:45pm
  19. My head hurts..

    Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2011 at 8:21am
  20. Of course: don’t fund training, so there ends up being problems with the implementation which they’ll point to in 2 years to try to “prove” gays cause a problem being out in the military so they can pass a new law allowing open discrimination again. another brillant Rep. strategy to CAUSE Fed. Govt policy to fail

    Posted on Sunday, July 10, 2011 at 7:48pm