September 21, 2010 at 12:16 am EDT | by Chris Johnson
White House weighs in on Defense bill

Shin Inouye (Blade photo by Michael Key)

The White House on Monday night weighed in on the Defense appropriations bill in response to an inquiry from the Washington Blade.

“The National Defense Authorization Act is a good bill that is important for the overall health and well being of our forces, especially given the ongoing campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan, and around the world,” White House spokesperson Shin Inouye said in a statement. “This legislation received bipartisan support in the House and in the Senate Armed Services Committee and the President hopes it receives similar bipartisan support in the Senate.”

A measure to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is part of the Defense bill. The White House statement didn’t directly address the military’s gay ban, but President Obama has said he supports repeal. A vote on cloture is expected Tuesday afternoon on the Pentagon bill.

The Blade will post updates throughout the day Tuesday as developments warrant.

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

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