Senate Republican Leader McConnell says "Defense Bill is the Wrong Place for a Campaign Wish List"

Roberta Combs, President of the Christian Coalition of America in a press release today criticized Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's plan to end the filibuster by Republicans of a very cynical defense authorization bill.  The Republicans -- and hopefully some moderate Democrat Senators will join them -- are trying to stop the Democrats from overturning the 1993 law which states that open homosexuals are not eligible to serve in the military.  This law was passed by an overwhelmingly Democrat-controlled Congress and signed into law by Bill Clinton.

In this defense authorization bill, the Democrats are also trying to force American taxpayers to pay for abortions in U.S. military hospitals and finally are trying to give amnesty to what will amount to 6 and a half million illegal aliens.  Below is an email received from the office of the Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell, from Kentucky this morning:

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For Immediate Release, September 16, 2010

Contacts: Don Stewart 202-224-2979, Robert Steurer 202-224-8288,

Jonathan Samford 202-224-8285

Defense Bill is the Wrong Place for a Campaign Wish List

`This bill should be an easy one. We should be a united body and give our troops a responsible defense policy bill they need, and then the defense appropriations bill they need. Without strings. Without games. And save the politics for the campaign trail… the American people think our friends on the other side should have spent a little more time worrying about 10 percent unemployment than on legislative sideshows.’

 

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following statement Thursday on the Senate floor regarding the Defense Authorization Act:

“Sometime today the Majority Leader will file cloture on the motion to proceed to the Defense Authorization bill, setting up a vote for next week on this important legislation.

“Under ordinary circumstances, this would be a straightforward, non-controversial vote that could unite the two parties on a matter related to our common defense.

“But not this year.

“This year, Democrats would rather use this bill to manufacture controversy.

“Worse still, in their determination to meet their own campaign promises ahead of the upcoming election, Democrats have decided to put their own political interests ahead of the collective judgment of our military service chiefs, who are still in the midst of a study about whether “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” can be repealed without hurting combat readiness.

“But this really shouldn’t surprise anybody.

“For nearly two years now, Democrats have done their own thing.

“Americans have been asking Democrats for nearly two years to focus on the economy and jobs, and what they’ve gotten instead is one costly, government-driven plan after another that kills jobs and hurts the economy.

“And when it comes to matters of national defense, Democrats in Washington have established a clear pattern of making political decisions first and then analyzing the problem later.

“Whether it was the decision to close GITMO before figuring out what to do with the terrorists who were housed there; to deny our intelligence community the ability to interrogate terrorists; an artificial timeline for withdrawal in Afghanistan; or this latest decision to use a defense authorization bill to move ahead with a repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell before hearing back from the service chiefs, Democrats have shot first and asked questions later.

“In other words, they've put their own ideological goals ahead of all else.

“So I would just remind my colleagues that we are fighting two wars, and that our volunteer force doesn’t ask for much: they ask that they be well trained, well equipped, that their families be cared for, and that we meet their selfless sacrifice with dignity and respect.

“This bill should be an easy one. We should be a united a body and give our troops a responsible defense policy bill they need, and then the defense appropriations bill they need. Without strings. Without games. And save the politics for the campaign trail.

“Another bill that Democrats have made needlessly political is the small business bill, which we’ll also be voting on later today.

“Senator Hatch has offered a measure that would fully extend the R&D tax credit—an amendment Democrats blocked just before the August recess but which the President now appears to support.

“We’ll also have a chance to extend the Biodiesel tax credit through the Grassley amendment.  This credit is essential to keeping producers competitive, but because of the Majority’s partisan tactics this credit expired.

“So it’s my hope that our friends on the other side will now join the president and Republicans in supporting these two important pieces of job-creating legislation.

“Unfortunately, the Democrats’ whole game plan over the past year and a half and through today is to tick as many items as possible off their liberal wish list while they have a chance.

“Well, the American people think our friends on the other side should have spent a little more time worrying about 10 percent unemployment than on legislative sideshows.

“If Senate Democrats really want to do something for private sector jobs in this country, they should support Senator’s Hatch’s bipartisan R & D tax credit and Senator Grassley’s biodiesel tax credit.

“And then work with Republicans after that on preventing the looming trillion dollar tax hike that Democrat leaders have so far ignored.

“It’s time our friends on the other side got serious about jobs and the economy.

“It’s time they put the liberal wish list on the shelf and focused on the priorities of the American people.”

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