December 18, 2010
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Rep. Susan Davis Statement on Senate Vote to End "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
Washington – Congresswoman Susan Davis released the following statement on Senate passage of legislation to end the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy sending the bill to President Obama for his signature. As Chairwoman of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, Davis has been a leading figure in repealing DADT. She recently led the House debate when it approved the bill that cleared the Senate today. In 2008, Davis held the first congressional hearing on the DADT policy in the 15 years since it inception.
“During the debate to end ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ I urged Congress to be on the right side of history. That time in history is today.
“I want to thank the many of my colleagues in Congress for their hard work in making this a reality. But the real appreciation goes to the former service members and activists whose tireless efforts led to this historic moment. They kept the faith that America will live up to its principles of equality.
“We must also acknowledge the service members, past and present, who endured and continued to do their duty despite being forced to serve in silence.”