Today, the House is considering H.R. 2965, Repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," sponsored by Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA). This discriminatory and harmful policy has weakened America's security by depriving our nation of the service of thousands of gay and lesbian troops who have served their country honorably -- and forcing even larger numbers of troops to lie about who they are. The House passed this repeal, as an amendment to the DOD bill, in May 2010 by a vote of 234 to 194, and it is long overdue for the Senate to pass it as well.
On December 8th, the House is debating the DREAM Act—common-sense legislation to give students who grew up in the United States a chance to contribute to our country's well-being by serving in the U.S. Armed Forces or pursuing a higher education.