February 7, 2010 at 12:00 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Gillibrand plans amendment to cut off ‘Don’t Ask’ funding

A leading opponent of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in the U.S. Senate on Saturday announced plans to introduce a budget amendment that would cut off funds for implementing the law, according to The Advocate.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) reportedly made the announcement during a speech Saturday at a Human Rights Campaign dinner in New York City.

“Tonight, I am announcing that I plan to introduce an amendment to the budget that will bar the use of funds for the enforcement of this policy,” she was quoted as saying.

The senator reportedly said she has been an opponent of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” because the law “is a threat to the men and women in our armed services, and a threat to our national security.”

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson attends the daily White House press briefings and is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

1 Comment
  • Congress has every right to cut off the DADT funding. In fact, it is the main component of their job on Capitol Hill, budgets and spending. When Robert Gates proposed getting rid of wasteful spending on jets, Congress was more than happy to cut the fat.

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