Obama Could Veto Repeal Of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”
President Obama may yet veto a bill that repeals the repressive “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, because it may be attached to spending that is unacceptable, says Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Obama supports repealing the law, and the White House has pushed for quicker congressional action than the Pentagon has favored. Gates also supports repeal.
But Gates tells “Fox News Sunday” that Obama probably still would veto an upcoming spending bill that includes the repeal — if the bill also contains money for defense projects he says are wasteful.
Gates wants to get rid of an aircraft engine and additional transport aircraft that some lawmakers want to keep. They generally represent areas with defense contractors that would stand to lose business from the cuts.
What this means is advancing gay rights may be held hostage to pork barrel spending by lawmakers who are more interested in bringing home the bacon than they are about keeping the budget in line.Click here for reuse options!
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