In a 234 – 194 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $700 billion defense department spending authorization bill which includes a provision for repeal of the ban on gays and lesbians serving in the military. The approval, followed inclusion of the same provision in the Senate version of the bill by the Senate Armed Services Committee. The fight now moves on to the full Senate.
This big news of the day is Loretta Sanchez finally co-sponsoring the DREAM Act, which would allow for the legalization of undocumented immigrants who were brought here when they were young and went through the school system to obtain a college degree. Honestly, I cannot think of any immigration change that is more deserving. I am glad Loretta Sanchez has given her name as a co-sponsor even though she has stated endlessly that she would vote for it if it were to come up for a vote.
â€œCommanders should not have to worry about who they can or cannot assign to a unit, they should have the authority to place whomever they want in a unit as long as they are willing and capable of accomplishing the mission, regardless of gender. This language gives them the choice to assign freely without being worried about violating a restriction.
â€œThis year marks the 16th anniversary of the House-Senate Joint Resolution designating May 11th as Vietnam Human Rights Day. I would like to thank Senator Sam Brownback and the Organizing Committee for the Sixteenth Annual Commemoration of Vietnam Human Rights Day for organizing this important event today.
â€œAs Members of Congress, it is our duty to speak for those who have no voice. We must collectively stand up for the freedom of these activists by urging the Vietnamese government to unconditionally release these activists. We as Members of Congress have an obligation to engage the Government of Vietnam and call on them to uphold and respect human rights by releasing all activists.”
â€œLong term economic recovery will depend on initiatives that create jobs and expand opportunity for all Americans, including Hispanics,â€ said Rep. Loretta Sanchez. â€œLatinos are the fastest-growing minority group in the United States and, as such, are a vital part of our workforce. Itâ€™s important for Congress to understand the unique economic challenges and opportunities facing this community, particularly as we begin to rebuild our housing and construction sectors.”
â€œAs the ranking female on the House Armed Services Committee, I am committed to getting our men and women in uniform the resources they need to do their jobs safely and effectively,â€ said Rep. Sanchez. â€œAt the same time, we also have an obligation to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse in government.â€