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The Blog Swarm

We join the Swarm’s call for DADT repeal this year.

The best way to erase the law from the books in 2010 is for the Obama administration to include repeal in the defense authorization bill and then for Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to also include repeal of the law in the defense bill he reports out of his committee.

As we have noted before, Congress must repeal DADT this year while the Department of Defense (DoD)conducts its study. Both can and should happen concurrently. DoD’s study Working Group should not hold up legislative repeal this year, since the study Working Group is not looking at if the law should be repealed but how.

We agree with Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., when he said this month, “A study should not unduly delay taking our last steps toward final action.”

Congress must go ahead and do its part to dismantle the law now through the defense authorization bill, and the White House must be pushing that too.