December 9th, 2010
05:54 PM ET

Obama disappointed with vote in Senate

Statement by President Obama as released by the White House

I am extremely disappointed that yet another filibuster has prevented the Senate from moving forward with the National Defense Authorization Act. Despite having the bipartisan support of a clear majority of Senators, a minority of Senators are standing in the way of the funding upon which our troops, veterans and military families depend. This annual bill has been enacted each of the past 48 years, and our armed forces deserve nothing less this year.

A minority of Senators were willing to block this important legislation largely because they oppose the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As Commander in Chief, I have pledged to repeal this discriminatory law, a step supported by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and informed by a comprehensive study that shows overwhelming majorities of our armed forces are prepared to serve with Americans who are openly gay or lesbian. A great majority of the American people agree. This law weakens our national security, diminishes our military readiness, and violates fundamental American principles of fairness, integrity and equality.

I want to thank Majority Leader Reid, Armed Services Committee Chairman Levin, and Senators Lieberman and Collins for all the work they have done on this bill. While today’s vote was disappointing, it must not be the end of our efforts. I urge the Senate to revisit these important issues during the lame duck session.

soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Rob C

    KISS MY rass

    December 9, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  2. JJ

    America is evil. Gays should help Europe, not this shit country.

    December 9, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  3. Chas in Iowa

    Pass the bill,......
    Some guy gonna proposition me when I'm armed and in a warzone,.....I don't think so,......

    December 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
    • carolo43

      You are so immature! If a gay man killed a terrorist who is about to kill you, would you still hate him? Gays bleed red just like you do and anyone willing to fight for their country deserves to do so.

      December 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm |
  4. carolo43

    If the republicans want to wear this mess, let them, like they get to wear the Iraq war based on lies. The Democrats do not need this mess in their legacy. Yesterday the republicans even voted down healthcare for our 9-11 responders...... our hero's!!!!!! Voted down unemployment benefits. Want to reduce vets benefits. No to this and No to that and everything else that respresents the middle working class. This is their cross to bear, not that of the Democrats.

    December 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm |
  5. Wisdom for life

    It's really sad that issues like this preoccupy our time, focus and money. Are we that obsessed that we need to announce what kind of sex we prefer? Let's stop buying the line that this is something comparable to race and gender. This is about the sex people choose. They don't need to make that choice. There is nothing deterministic about it. Are we that ill informed to believe that the kind of sex people want is a civil rights issue? Please. Let's stop being sold a silly line. Get with reality. This is not about discrimination-unless we want to extend civil rights status to sexual lifestyles people choose. Sexuality must always be handled in the context of human choosing-especially in legal settings. See:

    December 11, 2010 at 9:22 am |
    • PWAT

      Hi, I don't know if you read, but you cannot choose your sexual orientation. There isn't enough money to make a staight person gay or a gay person straight. You can choose who you have sex with, but you can not change who you are. No one needs to announce what kind of sex they prefer, but they should not be punished because another person has a problem with it. It's no one's business but theirs. If you can't get fired for announcing that you are straight, then you shouldn't be fired for announcing that you are not.

      December 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm |