WASHINGTON – California Rep. Ellen Tauscher said Wednesday that she’ll be leading a new congressional push to overturn the “don’t ask, don’t tell” law governing gays in the military – but acknowledged it’s an uphill battle. “The key is to keep building momentum, to keep building the case, and to give people the sense that it is a significant priority,” Tauscher, D-Alamo, told reporters on a conference call with officials from the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and the Human Rights Campaign. Legislation to overturn the 1994 “don’t ask, don’t tell” law has been championed in the House by Rep. Marty Meehan of Massachusetts, but he’s resigning effective July 1 to become a university chancellor. Tauscher, a six-term incumbent and centrist member of the House Armed Services Committee, said she’ll take up the mantle and push for hearings on the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2007 that would undo “don’t ask, don’t tell.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
January 10, 2020