US Congress advances ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ repeal legislation

The Jurist

The US House of Representatives and the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday advanced compromise legislation to repeal the military’s "Don’t Ask Don’t Tell" policy, sending it to a vote of the full Congress.

The compromise would prevent the repeal from taking effect until the completion of a review to determine what effects the repeal would have on military effectiveness, soldier retention, and family readiness.

In order for the repeal to take effect after the review’s completion, the president, secretary of defense, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff must sign and transmit to congressional defense committees a certification stating that the review has been considered and the recommended policy changes have been implemented.

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